South Korea men's national basketball team

The South Korea men's national basketball team represents South Korea in international men's basketball competitions. It is administered by the Korea Basketball Association (Korean대한농구협회; Daehan Nonggu Hyeobhoe).

South Korea South Korea
FIBA ranking29 Increase 1 (9 August 2021)[1]
Joined FIBA1947
FIBA zoneFIBA Asia
National federationKorea Basketball Association
CoachCho Sang-hyun
Olympic Games
Appearances6
MedalsNone
FIBA World Cup
Appearances8
MedalsNone
FIBA Asia Cup
Appearances29
MedalsGold medal asia.svg Gold: (1969, 1997)
Silver medal asia.svg Silver: (1967, 1973, 1977, 1981, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003)
Bronze medal asia.svg Bronze: (1963, 1965, 1971, 1975, 1979, 1983, 1993, 2001, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2017)
Asian Games
Appearances17 (First in 1954)
MedalsGold medal asia.svg Gold: (1970, 1982, 2002, 2014)
Silver medal asia.svg Silver: (1974, 1978, 1986, 1994, 1998, 2010)
Bronze medal asia.svg Bronze: (1962, 1966, 1990, 2018)
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Team colours
Home
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First international
 Belgium 27–29 South Korea 
(London, United Kingdom; 30 July 1948)
Biggest win
 South Korea 134–47 Hong Kong 
(Nanjing, China; June 10, 2011)
Biggest defeat
 United States 146–67 South Korea 
(Villa Ballester, Argentina; 8 August 1990)
Medal record
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
FIBA Asia Cup 2 11 12
FIBA Asia Challenge 0 2 0
Asian Games 4 6 4
East Asia Basketball Championship 3 0 0
East Asian Games 1 4 1
Total 10 22 16

Based on the number of overall medals won, South Korea is a major force among basketball teams of FIBA Asia. The team has won a record number of 24 medals at the FIBA Asia Championship. Furthermore, South Korea is the only nation that has qualified for this event every year since it was first held in 1960.[2]

HistoryEdit

 
Jamsil Students' Gymnasium, venue for games of the Korean Basketball League, has been the playground for several players of South Korea's national team.
 
South Korea's starting lineup in 2014

Initiation (1947–1951)Edit

In 1947, two years after the establishment of the People's Republic of Korea, the Korea Basketball Association joined the International Federation of Basketball (FIBA) and sent its national teams to FIBA-sponsored events. Only one year later, the team already celebrated its first major accomplishment at the 1948 Summer Olympics, when it finished 8th, better than any other Asian nation, and ahead of teams such as Canada, Argentina, and Italy.

Steady improvements (1952–1968)Edit

At the 1954 Asian Games, for the first time ever, South Korea finished in the Final Four of a major international basketball tournament in Asia. The team slowly improved its position within Asia almost every year and qualified for the Basketball World Cup several times.

Golden years (1969–1970)Edit

In 1969 and 1970, the team enjoyed a brief period to shine, when it won the 1969 Asian Championship[3] and the 1970 Asian Games and ultimately qualified for the 1970 FIBA World Championship. As the only Asian team that had remained in the championship, South Korea finished ahead of Australia (champion of FIBA Oceania) and Egypt (champion of FIBA Africa) and showed its best performance ever at this event. Korea's Shin Dong-Pa dominated all scorers at the 1970 FIBA World Cup as he averaged 32.6 points per game, almost 13 points more than the runner up, Davis Peralta, from Panama.

Asian elite position behind China (1971–2007)Edit

At the Asian Championship, South Korea stayed among the top three teams at 21 straight events, a record that is still unmatched until today.

At the 1996 Olympics, Hyun Joo-Yup averaged 16.6 points through the entire tournament.[4]

At the 2005 FIBA Asia Championship, South Korea's medal-winning streak finally ended when they lost to Qatar at the 3rd place game . Between 1975 and 2005, South Korea was the only nation besides the Philippines that was able to seriously challenge China's dominance. It interrupted China's championship winning streak in 1997, when it defeated its dominant neighbor in the semifinals and ultimately won the crown as 1997 Champion of Asia.

At the 2007 FIBA Asia Championship, South Korea was able to go on a streak, and won the first 5 games. Because of the "four centers" Ha Seung-jin (221 cm), Kim Joo-sung (205 cm), Lee Dong-jun (202 cm), and Kim Min-soo (200 cm), South Korea had the tournament's highest 2-point field goal percentage (61%). South Korea was also a team that had a strong back court with Kim Seung-hyun (179 cm), Yang Dong-geun (182 cm), Kim Dong-woo (198 cm), and Choi Jin-soo (205 cm), who guaranteed that the team was in the tournaments top-3 in free throw percentage (70.6) and assists per game (11.5).[5] All these players helped their team to win the bronze medal once again.

Emergence of West Asian competition (2008–present)Edit

In the modern era, South Korea's competition from West Asia intensified as countries such as Jordan, Qatar, Lebanon, and especially Iran improved their basketball programs. South Korea is still considered one of Asia's major teams but its position among the top three teams in Asia is not guaranteed anymore. In 2014, the team qualified for the Basketball World Cup for the first time in almost 20 years. Even though the team was eliminated in the first round, the qualification itself has been a success and provided much needed global exposure. Most of the players that played at the 2014 World Cup returned for the 2014 Asian Games where they helped secure the gold medal on home soil.

CompetitionsEdit

William Jones CupEdit

William Jones Cup
Year Rank Pld W L
  1977
  1978 Runners-up
  1979 Not held
  1980
  1981
  1982
  1983
  1984
  1985
  1986 Runners-up
  1987
  1988 Third place
  1989 Not held
  1990
  1991 Third place
  1992
  1993
  1994
  1995
  1996
  1997
  1998 Third place
  1999 Champions
  2000 Runners-up 6 5 1
  2001 Runners-up
  2002
  2003 Not held
  2004
  2005
  2006
  2007
  2008
  2009 5th Place 8 5 3
  2010 Did not enter
  2011 Runners-up 9 7 2
  2012 5th Place 8 5 3
  2013 Third place 7 5 2
  2014 Did not enter
  2015 5th Place 8 4 4
  2016 Runners-up 8 6 2
  2017 Third place 9 6 3
  2018 Third place 8 6 2
  2019 Runners-up 8 7 1
  2020 Not held
  2021 Not held
Total ?/37 ? ? ?

TeamEdit

Current rosterEdit

2021 Squad at the 2020 FIBA Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments – Kaunas[6]

South Korea FIBA Men's Olympic Qualifying Tournaments roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
G/F 1 Hyunjung Lee 20 – (2000-10-23)October 23, 2000 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Davidson Wildcats  
G 2 Junhyeong Byeon 25 – (1996-03-11)March 11, 1996 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) Anyang KGC  
G 4 Nakhyeon Kim 26 – (1995-03-12)March 12, 1995 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Incheon Electroland Elephants  
C 8 Yungi Ha 22 – (1999-03-12)March 12, 1999 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Korea University  
F 10 Seonggon Moon 28 – (1993-05-09)May 9, 1993 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Anyang KGC  
F 11 Hongseok Yang 24 – (1997-02-07)February 7, 1997 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) Busan KT Sonicboom  
F 13 Kang Sang-jae 26 – (1994-12-31)December 31, 1994 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Incheon Electroland Elephants  
F 20 Ra Gun-ah 32 – (1989-02-20)February 20, 1989 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Jeonju KCC Egis  
F/C 22 Jun Seok Yeo 19 – (2002-03-20)March 20, 2002 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Yongsan High School  
G 23 Seonghyen Jeon 29 – (1991-11-05)November 5, 1991 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Anyang KGC  
C 33 Lee Seoung-hyun 29 – (1992-04-16)April 16, 1992 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Goyang Orion Orions  
SG 43 Lee Dae-sung 31 – (1990-05-30)May 30, 1990 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Goyang Orion Orions  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on June 30, 2021


Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Ricardo Ratliffe Kim Jong-kyu
PF Lee Seung-hyun Kang Sang-jae
SF Choi Jun-yong Jeong Hyo-geun Yang Hee-jong
SG Lee Jung-hyun Lee Dae-sung
PG Kim Sun-hyung Park Chan-hee Heo Hoon

Past rostersEdit

1970 World Championship: finished 11th among 13 teams

Shin Dong-pa, Lee In-pyo, Kim In-kun, Kim Young-il, Park Han, Choi Jong-kyu, Yoo Hee-hyung, Lee Byung-koo, Yoo Jung-kun, Lee Ja-young, Shin Hyun-soo, Kwak Hyun-chae (Coach: Kim Young-ki)

1978 World Championship: finished 13th among 14 teams

Kim In-Jin, Kim Pyung-Man, Jung Young-Soo, Jang Bong-Hak, Park Sang-Ung, Park Soo-Kyo, Kim Sang-Chun, Kim Hyung-Nyun, Kim Dong-Kwang, Koo Jong-Hoo, Lee Mun-Kyu, Choi Bu-Young (Coach: Kim Moo-Hyung)

1986 World Championship: finished 22nd among 24 teams

Hur Jae, Park In-kyu, Lee Min-hyun, Cho Yoon-ho, Han Ki-bum, Lee Mun-kyu, Kim Hyun-jun, Kim You-taek, Kim Sung-wook, Lee Won-woo, Lee Chung-hee, Goh Myong-hwa (Coach: Kim In-kun)

Roster for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
SG 1 Park Chan-hee 32 – (1987-04-17)April 17, 1987 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Incheon Electroland Elephants  
SF 2 Choi Jun-yong 25 – (1994-04-04)April 4, 1994 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Seoul SK Knights  
SG 3 Lee Jung-hyun 32 – (1987-03-03)March 3, 1987 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Jeonju KCC Egis  
PG 5 Kim Sun-hyung 31 – (1988-07-01)July 1, 1988 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) Seoul SK Knights  
PG 6 Heo Hoon 24 – (1995-08-16)August 16, 1995 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in) Busan KT Sonicboom  
SF 11 Yang Hee-jong 35 – (1984-05-11)May 11, 1984 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Anyang KGC  
PF 12 Jeong Hyo-geun 25 – (1993-12-14)December 14, 1993 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Incheon Electroland Elephants  
PF 13 Kang Sang-jae 24 – (1994-12-31)December 31, 1994 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) Incheon Electroland Elephants  
C 15 Kim Jong-kyu 28 – (1991-07-03)July 3, 1991 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) Changwon LG Sakers  
C 20 Ricardo Ratliffe 30 – (1989-02-20)February 20, 1989 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Ulsan Mobis Phoebus  
PF 33 Lee Seoung-hyun 27 – (1992-04-16)April 16, 1992 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) Goyang Orions  
SG 43 Lee Dae-sung 29 – (1990-05-30)May 30, 1990 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Ulsan Mobis Phoebus  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 31 August 2019

Head coachesEdit

KitEdit

 
South Korea at the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

ManufacturerEdit

2016: Nike - present[7]

Edit

2016: Hana Financial Group[7]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 9 August 2021. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  2. ^ [1], fibaasia.net, accessed 16 December 2010.
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ev2kZFUHdN8
  4. ^ "Yao, Hamed, and Patty shined as stars from Asia & Oceania at the Olympics". FIBA. 21 July 2021. Retrieved 4 August 2021.
  5. ^ 2007 FIBA Asia Championship, Tokushima, Japan, fiba.com, accessed 18 December 2010.
  6. ^ "Korea - FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament Kaunas, Lithuania 2020". FIBA. Retrieved 22 June 2021.
  7. ^ a b Korea - FIBA Asia Challenge 2016, FIBA.com, Retrieved 17 October 2016.

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