7-foot-4 14-year-old Chinese basketball player Zhang Ziyu being compared to Yao Ming

Fourteen-year-old Zhang Ziyu has taken the internet by storm in a viral video of her playing basketball, towering over her teammates.

The 7-foot-4 prodigy from East China's Shandong Province became a trending topic Thursday as she helped her team win a title during a competition held in Jingzhou, scoring 42 points, with 25 rebounds and six blocks.

Zhang quickly drew comparisons to former NBA star and Chinese basketball player Yao Ming, who is 7-foot-6. According to the Global Times, Zhang was 5-foot-2 when she was in the first grade and 6-foot-9 by the sixth grade.

Born into a basketball family, both of Zhang's parents played the game professionally and her mother Yu Ying is a former member of China's national women's basketball team.

Contact Analis Bailey at aabailey@usatoday.com or on Twitter @analisbailey.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Zhang Ziyu, 14-year-old Chinese basketball player, likened to Yao Ming

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