The coach’s confidence after the draft is being realized on the court early in the season. Yoo Yoo-sang (22), the third overall pick in the first round of the rookie draft by Changwon LG, is quickly adjusting to the professional stage. It’s encouraging to see the rookies making their presence felt, especially on defense where they have struggled.
LG head coach Cho Sang-hyun talked about the defense before the team’s second-round matchup with KT at the KT Sonic Boom Arena 바카라사이트 in Suwon on April 28.
When asked by the press, he said, “We are 9-1 in the last 10 games. Did you expect this when you were ranked No. 1 in points allowed on defense (72.3 on average)?” He replied, “Honestly, I didn’t expect them to do this, especially Ki-sang and (Yang) Hong-seok,” and said, “I think defense is all about will. The offense can go in or not depending on the conditions. Our will is coming out in our defense,” he smiled.
Cho then emphasized the performance of rookie Yoo Yoo-sang. “I thought it would be hard for him to adapt to defense because he’s a rookie, but he’s really good at it. He is also good at complex defense.” “It was good to see him following Jeon Sung-hyun and Heo Hoon before. He learned well in college, and now Ki-sang’s defense is an option in our team. We will gradually give him a role in the offense as well.”
As evidenced by his draft ranking, in the amateur ranks, he was known more for his offense than his defense. But you can’t survive in the pros on offense alone. Any hole in the defense will be preyed upon. That’s why it’s so important for Yoo to get a passing grade on defense.
In today’s game, Yoo Yoo-sang is expected to play a big role in the defense. “I also thought about playing Heo Hoon,” Cho said. We’ve prepared three or four different defenses for Heo Hoon, and Ki-sang is also in the plan,” Cho said, hinting at a dedicated ace marker for Yoo.
After the draft, Cho was happy with the selection, saying, “Even if we had the No. 1 pick, we would have selected Yoo,” and his prediction is correct.