Jong-ha Park (187cm, G), who returned to Korea with a taegeuk mark, showed further growth and contributed to his team’s victory.
Park Jong-ha led Sungkyunkwan University to a 67-46 victory over Sangmyung University in the 2023 KUSF University Basketball U-League on 26 November at Sangmyung University’s Cheonan Campus Gymnasium.
Jong-ha had eight points, two rebounds, and three assists in 32 minutes and 52 seconds. He may not have stood out in the stat sheet, but he led his team with confidence every time he stepped on the court.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve been with the team, so I didn’t have a lot of practice before the game. So there were some creaks, but it feels good to win,” she said after the victory.
As for what didn’t go well, he said, “Both offence and defence didn’t go well. The coach emphasised the part of pressing hard from the beginning of the game and connecting with fast breaks, but I think it didn’t work well, and not only me, but all the players were a little complacent, so I think it didn’t work out overall.”
Sungkyunkwan University saw a number of players receive playing time on the day. Kang Sung-wook and Kim Yoon-sung, who are usually the mainstays of the team, played less than 25 minutes. Instead, other players played a lot of minutes and showed good performances먹튀검증.
“From the next game, we will be without (Kang) Sung-wook and (Kim) Yoon-sung as they are both with the U19 national team. We have to play without them. I think the coach has been rotating them to prepare for that.”
Jong-ha was recently selected to play in the Korea-Japan University Selection Basketball Tournament, where he wore the Taeguk mark. It must have been a unique experience for him as it was the first time he wore the flag on his chest.
“I was honoured to wear the flag for the first time since I started playing basketball, and it was meaningful to gain valuable experience before graduation. I gained a lot from the tournament, so I want to incorporate it into my life and help the team,” he said.
“We had the best players from each university, so I was able to identify and learn from their strengths, and I learned a new style of basketball from a new coach. When I go to the pros, I’ll still have to adapt to the new basketball, but I think I’ve already trained for it.”
“We are very disappointed with our current ranking, but we are determined to win all four of our remaining games and strive to rise to the top again,” he concluded.