FAMILIAR faces and a sprinkling of new ones make up South Korea’s national basketball pool gearing up for the coming Fiba Asia Men’s Championship in Changsa, China.
Naturalized player Moon Taejong will no longer be around, but brother Moon Taeyoung will be taking his place as per the report that came out of the Fiba-Asia.net.
Moon along with veteran point guard Yang Dong Geun are in the 16-man list of players tapped by coach Kim Dong Kwang which will undergo training camp as preparation for the Olympic qualifying tournament set on September 23 to October 3.
At least 10 of the Koreans invited by Kim had either been part of the 2013 and 2014 teams that competed in the Fiba Asia Men’s Championship and Asian Games, respectively.
Nine of them including Yang, Cho Sung Min, and center Kim Jong Kyu played in Manila as members of the Korean team which Gilas Pilipinas beat in the semifinals of the world championship qualifier, 86-79.
Korea was bronze medalist in the Fiba Asia tilt in Manila and earned a berth in last year’s Fiba World Cup in Spain, where it failed to win a single game.
But the team bounced back in the 16th Asiad in Incheon, where it bagged the gold medal.
Among the newcomers include Han Huiwon out of Kyung-Hee University, who made an impact in the World University Games especially in Korea’s 70-68 win over Montenegro.
The rest of the invited players for possible berths in the national team include Park Chanhee, Yang Heejong, Yoon Hoyoung, Lee Jonghyun, Choi Junyoung, Moon Seonggon, Lee Jonghyun, Choi Junyoung, Moon Seonggon, Lee Seunghyun, Oh Sekeun, Ha Seungjin, Kim Sunghyung, and Kim Taesol.
Korea is bracketed in Group C for the Fiba-Asia meet two months from now, along with Jordan, Singapore, and perennial champion China.
The champion of the meet will clinch outright berth to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, while the silver and bronze medalists qualify to the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament.