Three-pointers in consecutive games surpassed by Cho Sung-won International lethargy unlike domestic performance
“It will be different today, tomorrow and in the trials”
Excluded from the Asian Games due to an ankle injury last year
“Corona postponed I’m lucky”
“I’m confident that I can do well for the national team now.”
That’s what Jeon Sung-hyun, 32, of the Sono Skygunners, who has led the Korean professional basketball league in 3-point shooting for three consecutive seasons, said. I met him on March 4, when he was training at Jincheon Athletic Village in Chungcheongbuk-do ahead of an exhibition game against Japan on March 22 and 23 at Jamsil Student Gymnasium in Seoul. There’s a reason why Jeon said this. For as good as he has been in the Korean Professional Basketball League, he hasn’t had a presence on the international stage.
Last season, Jeon hit 100 three-pointers in 25 games, the fewest in professional basketball history, and he had a 76-game streak from three-point range over two seasons, from 2021-22 to 2022-23. This is the longest streak in history, surpassing the previous record of 56 games held by former LG coach Cho Sung-won.
However, he did not shine in international competition. Jeon first wore the Korean flag in 2020. By 2021, he had participated in eight international tournaments, averaging just 15 minutes per game and 6.3 points per game. His highest point total in an international game was 12 points against Indonesia in the 2020 FIBA Asia Cup, his national team debut. Last season, Jeon averaged 17.6 points in 50 professional basketball games.
“I’m confident this time. “When my playing time is uneven, I tend to struggle to find my game, but I want to make sure I get the coach’s stamp of approval from the beginning of training so that I can maximize my playing time,” he said. He added, “I’m at about 70 percent of my best right now. I don’t think I would be annoyed if I were the coach.”
“I feel like I was born to compete,” said Jeon. He was referring to the Hangzhou Asian Games, which were postponed by a year due to the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Hangzhou Asian Games, which were scheduled to take place in September last year, will open on Sept. 23 this year. Jeon was selected for the national team last year but had to withdraw due to an ankle injury. If the Asian Games had been held as planned, Jeon would not have been able to compete. “The biggest turning point in my basketball life so far was the professional-amateur championship when I was a student at Chung-Ang University,” said Jeon. “Everyone said, ‘College teams can’t beat the pros,’ but we beat KGC Ginseng Corporation. I hope the Asian Games will be a turning point like that,” he said.
Jeon Sung-hyun, who got married on June 3, went on a honeymoon before the wedding. He wanted to get in shape before the national team’s training camp, which started on June 22. “I want to repay my wife with an Asian Games medal,” said Jeon, who has been spending time in the athletes’ village instead of honeymooning with his wife. Showing off his scarred right wrist, Jeon said, “It was made by (Moon) Jeong-hyun (22, Goryeo). He’s trying to kill me with his whole body,” he laughed. “My younger brothers are definitely fit. If the forward line of Song Kyo-chang (200 centimeters), Lee Woo-seok (196 centimeters), Yang Jae-min (201 centimeters) and Moon Jung-hyun (194 centimeters) can work well together, we can do well at the Asian Games.”
“During the final qualifiers for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, I wanted to feel if I could shoot well among players who are bigger and faster than me, but I only played for five minutes in Lithuania due to a bad ankle,” said Jeon. 토토사이트 “The best thing we can do now that we can’t play an exhibition game against a strong team is to overwhelm Japan at home,” said Jeon.