The player who made a series of early draft declarations to the national team,
With about a month left before the 2021 KBL Korean rookie draft, college players are declaring early drafts.
Kim Dong-hyun (190cm, G) of Yonsei University first started, followed by Lee Seung-woo (193cm, F), Lee Won-seok (207, C), of Hanyang University, and Shin Sang-hyuk (206cm, C), of Chung-Ang University.
The draft was held in the beginning and middle of the season of the KBL, and he stepped on the court the following season. There are many adjustments, but I couldn’t play for half a year because I couldn’t play right away.
As the draft was changed to take place in October 2012, he was able to play immediately in the season, and many changes took place. He was able to show the skills of new players right away.
As he experienced his professional life early, his skills increased rapidly. As a result, the number of players applying for the early draft gradually increased.
Now it is easy to find early entry players. In the midst of the early entry craze, let’s find out who is from early entry (a career that actually has a record of playing in the national team).
The first player to introduce is Lee Jung-suk (41, 184cm, G). At the time of his debut, he was a player with a good height of 184cm and good weight.
He also had a three-point shot capability. When I was in high school in Yongsan, I was better than Yang Dong-geun, who was a senior.
In his senior year, he appeared in the KBL rookie draft in 2004 and joined Anyang SBS (currently Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation) as the second-ranked player.
From the first season, he played a stable role as a starting guard. Lee Jung-seok, who joined Samsung in Seoul through a trade with Joo Hee-jung, is Lee Sang-min. Along with Kang Hyuk, he has become a key member of the Samsung Guard Kingdom.
He won the 2005-2006 season, and was selected as a member of the national team in 2009 to play at the Asian Championships. He played as a backup for Yang Dong-geun. He completed his 14-year professional career in 2018 through SK and Hyundai Mobis in Seoul.
The second is Jung Hyo-geun (29, 200cm, F). During his time at Daegyeong Jeongsan High School, he was 200 centimeters tall and capable of playing guard positions. Although he was not a guard position after entering Hanyang University, he has grown into an all-round player who can play 3-4 positions.
Chung Hyo-geun, who joined the Incheon Electronic Land (currently Korea Gas Corporation) in 2014 as the third-year student in the KBL rookie draft, has grown in E-Land every season since joining the team, and has grown significantly since 2018.
He was selected for the off-season national team and competed at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta. He played the role of backup by going back and forth between positions 3 and 4. Based on his experience with the national team, Jung Hyo-geun made great progress that season.
The success rate of three-point shots, which had been a weak point, rose to 36 percent, to the highest level. The number of assists also increased to 2.6. After being discharged from the military last year, Lee Dae-heon and Lee stayed under the goal, leading the semifinals to the semifinals last season.
The third is Heo Woong (29, 185cm, G). When he was in Yonsei University, he became the best shooting guard in the university, which combined quick breakthrough and sharp shooting skills. He participated in the 2014 KBL Rookie Draft, which is currently in third grade, and joined Wonju Dongbu (currently Wonju DB) as the fifth player.
He played in major rotations from the first season. He also made his presence known in the championship match that year. He became a starting pitcher in the 2015-2016 season.
Afterwards, he was selected as the national team’s main guard for Wonju DB in 2017 with outstanding performance. In the 2017 Asian Cup, he played double-handedly with Jeon Joon-beom.
In particular, he scored 11 points in the fourth quarter in the match against Japan in the quarterfinals, catching fans’ attention. He also contributed greatly to Wonju DB’s top spot in the 2019-2020 season. This season, it will be reborn as the center of the DB Guard team without two Kyung-min.
The fourth is Song Kyo-chang (26, 199cm, F). When he was in Samil Commercial High School, he was 199 centimeters tall and had excellent quickness and breakthrough ability. He also scored 40 points in the 2015 U19 World Championship against Serbia.
At first, I was thinking about entering a university, but I changed my career path. He joined Jeonju KCC as the third-ranked rookie draft of the 2015 KBL. There were cases of Lee Woo-kyun, Yang Joon-young (Ulsan Mobis), and Lee Seung-bae (Changwon LG), who were nominated among the prospective high school graduates, but they were all second-tier drafts. Song Kyo-chang’s top order surprised fans. After joining the team, Song Kyo-chang played in the D-League and also played as a rookie in the championship match that year.
Song Kyo-chang, who won the best performance award with an average of 11 points as the starting pitcher next season, has since been on a roll. In addition to winning the best five league awards, Lee Jung-hyun and one-two punch were formed to become the main players of the team. In the end, he won the MVP award last season and won the title as the first high school graduate. He was first selected as a member of the national team in 2017, but was unfortunately knocked out due to injury. After being selected again in 2019, he played in the preliminary round of the 2019 Basketball World Cup, but failed to show much performance. However, since there is still much more to show, I look forward to Song Kyo-chang’s performance as in the league.
The last is Yang Hong-seok (25, 195cm, F). He is a multi-talented player who can break through, rebound, and shoot outside. He led the team alone to win the championship when he was at Chung-Ang High School in Busan, and led the team to second place in the regular season by taking the ace position when he was a freshman at Chung-Ang University. It was not known until just before the draft, but he applied after taking a leave of absence, and joined Busan KT (currently Suwon KT) as the second-ranked rookie draft of the 2017 KBL.
He has scored 7.6 points since the rookie season, receiving a lot of time. From the next season, his potential exploded, recording an average of 13 points, winning the Performance Development Award. Since then, he has become a representative forward of the league with a steep growth rate of up to the top five in the league. He was selected for the first time at the 2017 Asian Cup and won a silver medal at the Jakarta Asian Games in 2018. Since then, he has been giving energy to the national team with Hustle play and rebound. He is also a multi-player who can play 2 to 2.