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South Korea national basketball team

The Korean national basketball team (alternate names include Republic of Korea and South Korea) 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 ranking32 Steady (26 February 2019)[1]
Joined FIBA1947
FIBA zoneFIBA Asia
National federationKorea Basketball Association
CoachHur Jae
Olympic Games
FIBA World Cup
FIBA Asia Cup
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
Appearances16 (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)
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours

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]



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. The streak finally ended when Qatar defeated South Korea at the 3rd place game at the 2005 event. 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).[4] 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.


William Jones CupEdit

William Jones Cup
Year Rank Pld W L
  1978 Runners-up
  1979 Not held
  1986 Runners-up
  1988 Third place
  1989 Not held
  1991 Third place
  1998 Third place
  1999 Champions
  2000 Runners-up 6 5 1
  2001 Runners-up
  2003 Not held
  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
Total ?/37 ? ? ?


Current rosterEdit

Roster for the 2018 Asian Games

South Korea men's national basketball team – 2018 Asian Games roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Age – Date of birth Height Club Ctr.
C 0 Kim Jun-yl 26 – (1992-05-07)May 7, 1992 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps  
G 1 Park Chan-hee 31 – (1987-04-17)April 17, 1987 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Incheon Electroland Elephants  
F 2 Choi Jun-yong 24 – (1994-04-04)April 4, 1994 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Seoul SK Knights  
F 3 Lee Jung-hyun 31 – (1987-03-03)March 3, 1987 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Jeonju KCC Egis  
G 5 Kim Sun-hyung 30 – (1988-07-01)July 1, 1988 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) Seoul SK Knights  
G 6 Hur Hun 22 – (1995-08-16)August 16, 1995 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Busan KT Sonicboom  
G 9 Heo Ung 25 – (1993-08-05)August 5, 1993 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps  
F 11 Heo Il-young 33 – (1985-08-05)August 5, 1985 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) Goyang Orion Orions  
C 13 Kang Sang-jae 23 – (1994-12-31)December 31, 1994 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Incheon Electroland Elephants  
F 17 Jeon Jun-beom 26 – (1991-08-27)August 27, 1991 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps  
C 20 Ricardo Ratliffe 29 – (1989-02-20)February 20, 1989 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Ulsan Mobis Phoebus  
F 33 Lee Seoung-hyun 26 – (1991-08-27)August 27, 1991 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps  
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Kim Sang-shik
  • (C) Team captain
  • (NP) Naturalized player
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on 14 August 2018

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Ricardo Ratliffe Lee Jong-hyun
PF Kim Jong-kyu Lee Seung-hyun
SF Lim Dong-seob Jeon Jun-beom
SG Lee Jung-hyun Heo Ung
PG Kim Sun-hyung Park Chan-hee Choi Jun-yong

Past rostersEdit

1956 Olympic Games: finished 14th among 15 teams

Ahn Byung-Suk, Kim Young-Su, Cho Byung-Hyun, Kim Choon-Pae, Kim Young-Ki, Ko Se-Te, Paik Nan-Chung, Choi Tae-Kon, Ahn Young-Sik, Kim Hyung-I

1964 Olympic Games: finished 16th among 16 teams

Shin Dong-pa, Moon Hyun-chang, Kim Young-il, Kim Seung-kyu, Chung Jin-bong, Lee Byung-koo, Kim Young-ki, Kim Chung-sun, Ha Ui-kun, Kim Moo-hyun, Bang Yeul, Kim In-kun (Coach: Kim Hee)

1968 Olympic Games: finished 14th among 16 teams

Shin Dong-pa, Lee In-pyo, Kim Young-il, Kim Moo-hyun, Kim In-kun, Choi Jong-kyu, Lee Kyung-jae, Ha Ui-kun, Yoo Hee-hyung, Park Han, Lee Byung-koo, Kwak Hyun-chae (Coach: Lee Kyung-jae, J. Jeff Gausepohl)

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)

1988 Olympic Games: finished 9th among 12 teams

Hur Jae, Lee Mun-Kyu, Han Ki-Bum, Kim Hyun-jun, Kim Yoo-taek, Lee Won-woo, Lee Chung-hee, Park Jong-chun, Kim Yoon-hoo, Oh Seh-woong, Yoo Jae-hak, Choi Chul-kwon (Coach: Pang Yul)

Head CoachesEdit


South Korea at the 2014 FIBA World Cup.


2016: Nike [5]


2016: Hana Financial Group [5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking Presented by Nike". FIBA. 26 February 2019. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  2. ^ [1],, accessed 16 December 2010.
  3. ^
  4. ^ 2007 FIBA Asia Championship, Tokushima, Japan,, accessed 18 December 2010.
  5. ^ a b Korea - FIBA Asia Challenge 2016,, Retrieved 17 October 2016.

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