“Next time I’ll be on the court…”
Asan Woori Bank has won a total of six consecutive titles since the 2012-2013 season. It was the result of the best players, including Lim Young-hee (current coach of Asan Woori Bank), Yang Ji-hee (former coach of Busan BNK Thumb), Kim Jeong-eun (current coach of Bucheon Hana OneQ), and Park Hye-jin (178 cm, G).
Woori Bank also won the overall title in the 2022-2023 season. This is because Kim Dan-bi (180 cm, F) was newly acquired in the free agency market and Park Ji-hyun (183 cm, G) developed into a top-notch resource in the league. Woori Bank also benefited from the contributions of Kim, Park Hye-jin, and Choi Yi-sam (182 cm, F).
The starting lineup was solid. If you add Park Ji-soo (196 cm, C) of the Cheongju KB Stars, you can even call it a “national team.” To that extent, Woori Bank’s main lineup was strong.
However, there is a problem that Woori Bank always has. Backup resources. Even with the addition of Goara (179 cm, F), Noh Hyun-ji (176 cm, F), and Lee Myung-kwan (173 cm, F), their insecurities are clear. Goara is seasoned but has to worry about aging, while Noh is coming off an injury. Newcomer Lee Myung-kwan needs to blend into the Woori Bank colors.
In addition, Woori Bank’s starters are also called up to the South Korean women’s national basketball team every year. As a result, they don’t have time to get used to each other. It’s also difficult for the team to practice 5-on-5 on its own. This is something the Woori coaching staff has always worried about.
However, we need to look at it the other way around. The lack of starters means that the backups have a lot of opportunities. Oh Seung-in (183 cm, F), the fifth overall pick in the 2019-2022 WKBL Draft, is one of them.
Oh has struggled with three anterior cruciate ligament tears in his knees, but he’s a rare talent for Woori Bank. He also has a long shooting range, which allows Woori to utilize him in a variety of ways.
Of course, Oh will have to build up his body and sweat more to fit into the team’s lineup. “Last season, I couldn’t play because of my back. I did knee strengthening exercises, but I also did back rehabilitation. Now, I’m digesting running exercises,” he said, starting with his physical condition.
“We don’t have a lot of people training (now), and we don’t have enough big men. I want to recover as soon as possible so that I can contribute a little to the team, and I also want to participate in team training,” he said, adding that he has a task to integrate into the team.
Oh Seung-in also tasted victory for the first time since his debut. Although she didn’t play a single second in the 2022-2023 regular season, playoffs, and championship game, seeing her older sisters win the title could be a turning point for her.
“I watched (Park) Ji-hyun prepare and win, so when she cried, it was very emotional for me. I also want to get results on the court next time,” he said, sharing his motivation from the win 안전놀이터순위.
“As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been doing rehabilitation. I also injured my back, so it was more stressful. But I had a different mindset: ‘I have more time