Korea Names National Team for FIBA WC Second Window
After the Korean Basketball League’s (KBL) all-star game and halfway through the regular season, the Korean Basketball Association (KBA) held a press-conference today to announce the twelve man lineup that will play in the second window of the Asian Qualifiers for next year’s FIBA World Cup.
The Korean national team consists of Park Chan-Hee (Incheon ET Land), Doo Kyung-Min (DB Promy), Heo Hoon (Busan KT), Lee Jung-Hyun (KCC Egis), Choi Jun-Young (SK Knights), Heo Ung (DB Promy), Jeon Jun-Beom (Ulsan Mobis), Yang Hee-Jong (Anyang KGC), Oh Se-Keun (Anyang KGC), Lee Jong-Hyun (Ulsan Mobis), Kim Jong-Kyu (LG Sakers) and Ricardo Ratliffe (Samsung Thunder).
The biggest addition to the national team is Samsung’s 199cm big man Ricardo Ratliffe, who has won championships with Ulsan before moving on to Samsung. Last week, the Ministry of Justice have allowed his naturalization after further deliberation, thereby giving the greenlight for the KBA to formally start the naturalization process for Ratliffe to attain a Korean citizenship. Earlier this week, Ratliffe was able to complete the process and is now eligible to represent Korea as a naturalized player.
The next big addition is DB Promy’s high scoring guard, Doo Kyung-Min, a product of Kyung-Hee University. Doo is averaging 18.6 points per game this month and is currently leading the league in three pointers made per game with a 2.73fgm average. Doo played for the national team in last year’s EABA 2017 championship but was not called up in the FIBA Asia Cup and the first window qualifying games.
Missing from the national team are mainstays Kim Sun-Hyung, who is still recovering from an ankle fracture and Lee Seung-Hyun, Goyang’s 197cm stretch four, who is currently nursing a knee injury while on duty with the Korean armed forces.
In the first window, Korea managed to upset New Zealand in the Tall Blacks’ home court in Wellington 86-80 but Korea will later suffer a stunning loss at home against East Asian rivals China, 92-81.
For the second window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers, Korea will host Hong Kong in Seoul’s Jamsil Arena, 23 of February and then brace for a grudge match against New Zealand on 26 of February.