Things went as expected, but then there was a surprising surprise.
The 2023 KBL Rookie Player Draft was held at Jamsil Student Gymnasium in Seoul at 3 p.m. on the 21st.
Of the 30 applicants, 20 were called up by professional teams. All 10 teams nominated until the 2nd round, and gave up their nominations from the 3rd round.
The nomination rate was 66.7%. This is the highest figure since 2016 (68,4%). The selected players can immediately participate in the KBL Cup competition, which begins in Gunsan on October 8th.
Moon Jeong-hyun, Park Moo-bin, and Yoo Yu-sang, who were called the Big 3 of this draft, took the 1st to 3rd positions without any surprise.
Moon Jeong-hyeon (22), a 194cm forward, was selected for the adult national team despite being a college student. She is the youngest member of the basketball team going to the Hangzhou Asian Games and wears the Taegeuk symbol.
She has no rivals on the college stage. Although he is short for a forward, he has good strength and good basketball sense.
He has an outstanding presence in many areas, including defense, rebounding, scoring through penetration, and passing. Among the players in this draft, many people said that Moon Jeong-hyun was the one with immediate power.
However, he has a weakness in outside shooting. Therefore, some voices predict that, unlike in college, there will be limitations in the professional world.
KT has completed the national team lineup. During the next season, Heo Hoon, who is at Sangmu, will be discharged from the military.
Last summer, Moon Seong-gon was recruited from the free agent (FA) market. There is also Ha Yoon-gi, a rapidly growing national team center. These are all current and former national team players.
With the addition of Moon Jeong-hyun, KT has the power to aim for the championship starting this season.
When asked about his thoughts on first place, Moon Jeong-hyun said, “I am grateful to the KT officials and coach Song Young-jin who nominated me. There will be no one happier than me today (21st). I will change my happiness to KT’s ability to win in the future.” He said.
Second place was Korea University guard Park Moo-bin (22, 187cm). Wearing Ulsan Hyundai Mobis uniform.
Park Moo-bin is a guard who is good at both coordinating the game and scoring goals. He has attracted attention for his long shooting distance since his days at Hongdae.
He is a guard with strong offensive tendencies. Park Moo-bin said, “He will become a player who will somehow contribute to the heyday of Hyundai Mobis.”메이저사이트
Changwon LG, which had the third-place pick, chose Yonsei University shooting guard Yoo Yu-sang (22, 188 cm). Yugi-sang is considered the best shooter on the college stage. He also has good defense, so his value rose right before the draft.
Yoo Yoo-sang said, “I am grateful to coach Cho Sang-hyun and club officials for selecting me for LG, the team I wanted to join.”
Seoul Samsung made a surprise nomination at 4th place. When Samsung coach Eun Hee-seok called Jo Jun-hee (19, 187 cm), the Jamsil Student Gymnasium was filled with exclamations. It was a high nomination that no one expected.
Jo Jun-hee participated in this draft as an ordinary person. He studied basketball in Canada and the United States. He is a graduate of the Renaissance Acatemigos, Cerritos University.
His potential is plentiful, but so much remains unproven. However, at the draft combine, he ranked first overall in vertical jump (91cm), and his value increased as he performed well at the tryout.
Next, Daegu Korea Gas Corporation ranked 5th with Shin Joo-young, 6th ranked with Jeonju KCC’s Joo-young Lee, 7th ranked with Wonju DB’s Park Seung-jae, 8th ranked with Goyang Sono’s Park Jong-ha, 9th ranked with Seoul SK’s Lee Gyeong-do, and 10th ranked with Anyang Jeong Kwan-jang. Na Seong-ho was selected.
Samsung received attention by selecting Kim Geun-hyun, who appeared as an ordinary person in the second round. Samsung coach Eun Hee-seok said, “I have no regrets about today’s selection.”