Sophomore Kim Joo-hyung (F, 190cm) yearned for the playoff stage.
Hanyang University Kim Joo-hyung contributed to the team’s 79-71 victory by recording 6 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in the 2023 KUSF College Basketball U-League match against Dongguk University held at Hanyang University Olympic Gymnasium on the 4th.
Kim Joo-hyung, who we met after the game, said, “It’s so good to escape from losing streak. If we want to go up to the playoffs, if we want to fight for the middle ranks, we have to win today and aim for three consecutive victories to Myongji University and Kyunghee University. Also, I think I won because the crowd supported me a lot in the home game.”
Although the score was limited to 6 points, it energized Hanyang University with active participation in rebounding and physical struggle. Kim Joo-hyung, who was the only one to digest 40 minutes in the game that day, said, “It was very difficult physically. He actually injured his ankle and only worked out and participated in it for a week. But I think he was able to win because (Shin) Jiwon helped him physically. He said, “I tried to run until the end even when it was difficult because the coach trusted me and appointed me.”
At the end of the game, while Dongguk University was pursuing fiercely, he also grabbed an important defensive rebound. He said, “I can shoot, but I like to focus on the ball, so I tried to do that first. He also showed a reliable appearance, saying, “I prepared to start with rebounding because rebounding is the most important thing in the game.”ㅋㅋㅋ벳
Kim Joo-hyung, who became a sophomore this year, was longing for further growth. As for what he wants to improve on, he says, “I think I need to be faster and shoot more accurately. When he plays with the same position, he sometimes loses his quickness, but he has good strength, so he does it with strength, but I think he needs to improve his speed to do better,” he said, citing speed.
He not only grew up, but also expressed his desire for the playoffs. “I want to show the scouts that Hanyang University has a player named Kim Joo-hyung. Last year, I was eliminated in the playoffs, but this year, I want to fight for the middle ranks, rise to third place, and enjoy the playoffs in September.”