It went as expected, and then there was a surprise.
The 2023 KBL Rookie Draft was held at Jamsil Student Gymnasium in Seoul at 3 p.m. on Nov. 21.
Of the 30 applicants, 20 received calls from professional teams. By the second round, all 10 teams had picked, and by the third round, they had given up.
The nomination rate was 66.7%. This is the highest since 2016 (68,4%). The selected players will be able to play immediately, starting with the KBL Cup on October 8 in Gunsan.
Moon Jung-hyun, Park Mubin, and Yoo Yoo-sang, who were called the big three in the draft, took the first through third spots without any changes.
Moon Jeong-hyun, 22, a 194-centimeter forward, was selected for the national team despite being a college student. He is the youngest member of the Korean basketball team going to the Hangzhou Asian Games.
He has no opponents on the college level. He’s small for a forward, but he’s strong and has good basketball sense.
He is an all-around player who can defend, rebound, score through penetration, and pass. Among the players in this draft, there was a lot of talk about Moon’s immediate power.
However, he has a weakness in outside shooting, so there are some who predict that he will be limited in the pros unlike in college.
KT completed its national team lineup. In the middle of next season, Heo Hoon will leave the organization.
Last summer, the team acquired Moon Sung-gon in the free agency market. There’s also fast-rising national team center Ha Yoon-ki. These are all former and current national team players.
With the addition of Moon Jung-hyun, KT now has the power to immediately challenge for the title this season.
When asked about his feelings on being named No. 1, Moon said, “I’m grateful to KT officials and coach Song Young-jin for nominating me,” adding, “There’s no one happier than me today (Nov. 21). I will turn my happiness into happiness for KT to win the championship in the future.”
The second pick was Korea University guard Park Mubin (22, 187 cm). He wore the jersey of the Ulsan Hyundai Mobis.
Park is a guard who is good at both coordinating the game and scoring. Since his high school days at Hongdae University, he has been recognized for his long-range shooting.
He is an offensive-minded guard. “I will be a player who will contribute to another prime time for Hyundai Mobis in any way possible,” Park said.
With the third pick, Changwon LG selected Yonsei University shooting guard Yoo Yoo-sang (22, 188 cm). Yoo is considered one of the best shooters in the college ranks. His defense also increased his value before the draft.
“I’m grateful to coach Cho Sang-hyun and the club officials for selecting me for LG, the team I wanted to come to,” said Yoo.
The Seoul Samsung made a surprise selection at No. 4. When Samsung coach Eun Hee-seok called out Jo Jun-hee (19, 187 cm), the Jamsil Student Gymnasium was filled with cheers. It was a high pick that no one expected.
Cho entered the draft as an undrafted free agent. He played basketball in Canada and the United States. He played at Renaissance Acatemigo and Cerritos College.
There’s a lot of potential, but there’s also a lot of unproven stuff. However, he ranked first overall in the vertical jump (91 centimeters) at the Draft Combine and his performance at the tryouts increased his value.카지노
Daegu Kogas selected Shin Joo-young at No. 5, Jeonju KCC selected Lee Ju-young at No. 6, Wonju DB selected Park Seung-jae at No. 7, Goyang Sono selected Park Jong-ha at No. 8, Seoul SK selected Lee Kyung-do at No. 9, and Anyang Jungkwanjang selected Na Sung-ho at No. 10.
Samsung also made a splash in the second round by selecting Kim Geun-hyun, who came out of the general public. “I have no regrets about today’s selection,” said Samsung head coach Eun Hee-seok.