The fifth microbe is Sungkyunkwan University captain Jung Bae-kwon (G/F, 186 cm). Let’s take a look at his growth process, which is characterized by his efforts to improve.
Growing up with winning as a foundation
Jung Bae-kwon grew up with a basketball-playing uncle (currently the coach of Kwangshin Broadcasting Yego, Lee Heung-bae) who often visited stadiums. Although he was often exposed to basketball, he didn’t show much interest due to his lack of athleticism. The reason he picked up a basketball was because he was taller than his peers in elementary school.스포츠토토
After enjoying scoring at the time of the test, he started playing organized basketball in the fourth grade. But he faced challenges from the start. “I was so bad at running that I thought about quitting as soon as I started. I wasn’t a very good dribbler, and there were many times I wanted to quit.”
Despite the stress of being in an unfamiliar environment, it was “winning” that kept him going. When he was in sixth grade, he shared in Samgwangcho’s victories, including the KBL General Cultivation, Specific Championships, and the Yoon Deokjubae. There were many moments when he wanted to give up, but he felt the fun of winning.
Wanting to continue his association with his Samkwangcho teammates, Jung headed to Yongsan Middle School, a school with which he was affiliated. However, a year later, he decided to transfer to Dankook University. The reason was twofold. “There were a lot of players who were very good, and the coach of Yongsanjung was my uncle, so I felt uncomfortable having my family on the same team.”
There were times when Jung Bae-kwon, who had moved to Dandan University, was confused by Yongsanjoong’s different training system. While Yongsanjoong focused on systematic tactical training, Dandoebujoong focused on fundamental training because many of the players were new to basketball.
It was more about individual play than team play, but the amount of individual play allowed them to play freely. With his coach’s praise and faith in him, Jeong began to blossom in terms of records.
In 2016, his junior year. He scored 34 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, and 6 steals in the 41st National Boys and Girls Basketball Federation Qualifier against Im Ho-joong in the South Central Region and a double-double (24 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 steals) in the 46th Autumn National Boys and Girls Basketball Federation Qualifier against Kye Sung-jung in the South Central Region.
Turning points and milestones
He chose Yongsan High School as his final destination as a teenager, but he admitted that he was in a lot of trouble during his sophomore year. The pressure of college came at the end of his sophomore year. Lacking confidence in his future, he sought advice from coaches Lee Se-beom and Kim Kyung-seok.
“They told me, ‘You’re working hard enough, you’re doing well. If you do what you can, you will shine, so what are you worrying about?” He told me to believe in myself. I think that was the turning point in my life.”
Perhaps thanks to the advice of his two coaches, he became a force to be reckoned with as a high school senior, and the championship game in particular is etched in his memory. He exploded for 31 points and 16 rebounds against Gwangju High, then hit 12 three-pointers against Daejeon High in the final game of the preliminaries. The team went on to win 114-64.
“In the first half, my shooting was really bad and I felt heavy, but in the second half, my team was passing well and I was shooting from the corner and it started to go in. I heard after the game and it was the third-best record at the time,” Jung recalled.
Gaining confidence in his shooting, he continued to score and do the dirty work for the rest of the tournament. Afterward, he was accepted to Sungkyunkwan University, his dream since childhood.
The engine of hard work
He entered the university with dreams of a bright future, but soon faced a wall. After suffering from frequent ankle injuries in high school, Jung suffered another injury and spent his first year rehabilitating. In his sophomore year, he was unable to play much because his body hadn’t recovered.
After two years of inactivity, he was nervous to play, but in his third year, he mastered the basics. “When the team’s mood was down during the game, I focused on rebounding and defending hard to raise the team’s mood, and the coach also advised me to keep doing what I was doing.”
This year, Jung became the captain of Sungkyunkwan University. He describes himself as a “hardworking captain. He also shows the characteristics of a player who works hard on the court. He leads the team by actively communicating with his teammates and helped Sungkyunkwan University secure a spot in the playoffs this season.
A spearhead of change
As a teenager, Jeong Bae-kwon said that even though he lacked dribbling and speed, he thought that one shot was an advantage. That confidence is ongoing. “I have a good shot, so I’ve been practicing a lot to get better at it, and when I’m on the court, I can give off a lot of energy, so I can raise the mood of the team.”
He also said that when he first picked up a basketball, he was hesitant about the unfamiliar environment, but now he actually looks forward to it. “I’m looking forward to the atmosphere of a professional team and the feeling of having a job. It will be very different from my current environment, and that’s what I’m looking forward to the most.”
Finally, he expressed his gratitude to the fans who support him and Sungkyunkwan University. “I feel a lot of affection for the fans. Thank you for supporting me and my team. I always want to work hard and do well, and I want to show them a good performance.”
Whenever his team is in a tough situation, Jung has been able to lighten the mood with his shots and rebounds, and it will be interesting to see if his “game-changer” instincts can get him a knock on the door of the pros.