South Korean Squad Named For FIBA World Cup Qualifiers
After a third place finish in the Asia Cup, the new FIBA format for qualifying to the World Cup in 2019 will see the national basketball team assemble – even with the Korean Basketball League season is in its early stage.
From the 24 man player pool submitted by the Korean Basketball Association, the national federation quickly released the 12 man squad that will play New Zealand and China in the weeks to follow.
The team consists of guards Park Chan-Hee, Kim Si-Rae and Heo Hoon, this year’s first pick in the 2017 KBL draft. The wings consist of Jeon Jun-Beom, Lee Jung-Hyun, Yang Hee-Jong, Choi Jun-Young and Heo Ung. The post players are Oh Se-Keun, Choi Bukyeong , Lee Seung-Hyun and Lee Jong-Hyun.
Missing from the national team are Seoul SK’s spitfire guard Kim Sun-Hyung and LG’s athletic bigman, Kim Jong-Kyu. Both players were big contributors to Korea’s third place finish in this year’s Asia Cup. Also not named in the national pool is Samsung’s Ricardo Ratliffe as the process of ”special naturalization” in claiming his Korean citizenship is still subject for further deliberation by the ministry of justice.
National team head coach Hur Jae will have a full two weeks of practice before the team travels to Wellington in New Zealand to face the Tall Blacks. In the Asia Cup, Korea beat the New Zealanders twice, first in the group stage, 76-75 and in the battle for third, 80-71. Now in their home turf, the Tall Blacks will be ready and hungry to avenge their lost.
23 November 2017 – New Zealand vs Korea – Wellington NZL
26 November 2017 – Korea vs China – Goyang KOR
Korea’s National Team for the November 23-26 Qualifier Games
Guards: Park Chan-Hee (Incheon ET Land), Kim Si-Rae (LG Sakers), HeoHoon (Busan KT)
Forwards: Jeon Jun-Beom (Ulsan Mobis), Lee Jung-Hyun (KCC Egis), Choi Jun-Young (Seoul SK), Heo Ung, (Sang-Mu), Lee Seung-Hyun (Sang-Mu), Yang Hee-Jong (Anyang KGC)
Centers: Oh Se-Keun (Anyang KGC), Choi Bukyeong (Seoul SK), Lee Jong-Hyun (Ulsan Mobis)
Image courtesy of FIBA