‘Park So-hee vs. Go Seo-yeon’ Director Kim Do-wan’s sincerity looking at the rookie king’s family fight￼
The most powerful Rookie of the Year candidate for the ‘Shinhan Bank SOL 2022-2023 Women’s Professional Basketball’ was definitely Kiana Smith (24, Yongin Samsung Life Insurance). However, on December 26 last year, she injured her knee in the match against Asan Woori Bank, resulting in a variable that was judged as ‘out of season’. Smith averaged 30 minutes and 20 seconds per game and she averaged 13.18 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game, but she ended her all-season with 17 appearances. She was unable to meet the qualifications for the Korean Women’s Basketball League (WKBL) Rookie of the Year, who must play more than two-thirds (at least 20 games) of the number of games (30 games per team) in the registered season among players within the second year of pro play.
As a result, the Rookie of the Year competition entered a new phase. It was narrowed down to a family fight between Bucheon Hanawon Q guard Park So-hee (20, 177 cm) and Go Seo-yeon (19, 171 cm). Hana 1Q is at the bottom (6th place) with 3 wins and 19 losses this season, but coach Kim Do-wan Hana 1Q is preparing for the future by actively employing young players. Park So-hee and Ko Seo-yeon are also showing their presence by stepping on the court. 스포츠토토
Park So-hee, who joined in the 1st round (2nd overall pick) of the 2021-2022 season rookie draft, has already played in 22 games this season and met her qualifications. This is her second year with the team, so this season is her last chance to win the rookie award. She is averaging 5.05 points, 2.18 rebounds and 1.09 assists in 16 minutes and 37 seconds per game. She actively participated in defense and threw shots without fear, drawing attention from manager Kim.
Ko Seo-yeon played in 12 games and averaged 13 minutes and 15 seconds, posting 4.75 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists. He was on the low side of the nomination list in the 2nd round of the rookie draft this season (11th overall), but he is invigorating with his unique spirit and speed. He must appear in all of the team’s remaining eight games to qualify for the Rookie of the Year award. It is true that, conditionally, she is somewhat behind Park So-hee.
What is director Kim’s state of mind as he looks at family quarrels? He confessed, “Because of our team’s performance, I wasn’t thinking about the rookie award,” and “I am greedy for both players. I’m looking forward to seeing him enter the court and run boldly.” “I once asked (Park) Sohee about the rookie king. Sohee said ‘I don’t care’. I also said, ‘Let’s not think too much about it because the pace may collapse.’ I just want you to run with that heart. Both of them are working really hard, and they are players who can grow.” It was the sincerity of the commanding tower that the main players who will brighten the future of the team and Korean women’s basketball will rise to the podium with confidence.
The most powerful Rookie of the Year candidate for the ‘Shinhan Bank SOL 2022-2023 Women’s Professional Basketball’ was definitely Kiana Smith (24, Yongin Samsung Life Insurance). However, on December 26 last year, she injured her knee in the match against Asan Woori Bank, resulting in a variable that was judged as ‘out of season’. Smith averaged 30…