KBL’s first high school graduate, No. 1 rookie Cha Min-seok is attempting a shot in a tryout ahead of the draft on the 23rd (Jamsil = KBL).
First, he left his name in the history of Korean professional basketball (KBL). It is the record of being the first high school graduate to be nominated for the first rookie draft.
However, it is important what kind of player will be inscribed in history. Only the record of being the first rookie of high school graduates remains, and may disappear without a trace. This is Minseok Cha (19·200cm) who was nominated by Samsung in Seoul.
Cha Min-suk was nominated as first overall by Samsung manager Lee Sang-min in the 2020 KBL Korean Rookie Draft held at the Jamsil Student Gymnasium in Songpa-gu, Seoul on the 23rd. The first of the 48 participants was called.
He is the first nominated high school graduate in the history of professional basketball launched in 1997. Cha Min-seok, who is expected to graduate from Jemulpo High School, surpassed the top 3 rankings of Song Gyo-chang (Jeonju KCC) in 2015 and Su-Jin Su-jin (Ulsan Hyundai Mobis) in 2018, which were the highest rankings for high school graduates.
Even at a height of 2m, fast movement is considered an advantage. Samsung manager Lee Sang-min said, “I chose a player with great height, speed, and athleticism,” after the nomination of Cha Min-seok.
Cha Min-suk recorded an average of 26.2 points, 12.8 rebounds, 4.5 aids, and 2.3 block shots in 24 games in five competitions last year when he was a second year in high school. There weren’t many three-point shots at 0.3 per game. He was mainly in power forward or center position.
Jeonju KCC Song Kyo-chang, one of the best success stories of KBL high school athletes. (Photo = KBL)
However, the 2m height in KBL is not big. The center position is difficult as foreign players with good elasticity play. Need to change.
Cha Min-seok also knows this. In an interview after the rookie draft, Cha Min-seok said, “I saw 4 times (power forward) and 5 times (center) in the first and second grades of high school, but in the third year, I tried to change to 3 times (small forward) and 4 times.”
To do this, I had to put on an outside shot, but I emphasized that I put a lot of effort. Cha Min-seok said, “When I was in high school, there was no competition due to Corona 19, so I would have judged only by looking at the video in the second year of high school,” he said. “But it has changed a lot, and I wanted to show that the short shot was not me.” He also said, “I trained all of the moving shots, jump shots, and 3-point shots.”
Song Gyo-chang is the success case of a high school graduate who preceded Cha Min-seok. Song Gyo-chang made a strong impression with a dunk shot in the 2015-2016 season championship match, which debuted at KBL, and scored double digits (11.9 points) from the following season. He is playing as a key player in the team with 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3.2 assistance this season, followed by 15 points and 6.9 rebounds and 2 assistance this season.
Director Lee Sang-min pointed out, “If you grow up to Song Gyo-chang, of course, it’s good.” “But I think Cha Min-seok has enough possibilities and qualities,” he predicted. “It depends on how hard you work and whether you are big enough to meet the leader.”
Cha Min-seok also said, “I haven’t decided on a role model, but basically the players I want to follow are Song Gyo-chang and Yang Hong-seok seniors.” Yang Hong-seok (Busan kt) was not a high school graduate, but appeared in the draft when he was a freshman at Chung-Ang University. This season, with an average of 14.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.4 help, he is performing similarly to Song Gyo-chang. Song Gyo-chang and Yang Hong-seok both play an active part in the interior and exterior of the 3rd and 4th.
Minseok Cha’s dream does not stop here. There is also a desire for a tall guard. Cha Min-seok said, “If you settle in number 3 and adjust to the position well, you will have to try to guard.” “I had a guard injured in my third year of high school, so I tried it for a while,” said Cha Min-seok, “I don’t have enough skills, but I feel like I’m in a position, and I’m thinking of keeping the guard in mind in the future.”
Lee Hang-beom (left), the first high school graduate selected in the rookie draft. (Reference photo = KBL)
But that’s what happened after I survived the pro. You may disappear without adapting to KBL. Lee Hang-beom, the first new high school graduate in 2004, failed to overcome the limitation of 168cm height and left KBL without a match. In 2005, Korean high school graduate Han Sang-woong also joined Seoul SK in fourth place, but the 2015-2016 season averaged three minutes for six seasons, showing a slight presence.
Cha Min-seok said, “As I jumped four years earlier (than a rookie of college graduates), I have to correct my shot and train weights,” he said. did. Manager Lee also said, “After checking the sense and physical condition of the game, we will play.”
Throughout the interview, Cha Min-suk said calmly and calmly enough to think that a high school student would be right. Sensitive questions were smoothly avoided. First of all, it seems that the possibility of success in KBL is high. Cha Min-seok, who has a physique of up to 2 meters, is more likely to build a better career than Lee Hang-beom and Han Sang-woong, who struggled with their small height.
But what matters is his own efforts, as Lee said. Can Minseok Cha write the myth of a second high school graduate like Song Gyochang? Or, like Lee Hang-beom, will only leave the name of KBL’s first.