“Actually, it is a crisis, but I will think of it as a new opportunity and try to match it well.” This is the thoughts of manager Kim Sang-shik, who has undergone a change in the squad.
On the 31st of last month, Anyang KGC announced the renewal of contracts with Omari Spellman (26, 203cm) and Daryl Monroe (37, 196.6cm), a duo of foreign players. Those who were the main players in the combined championship last season have been on the KBL stage wearing KGC uniforms for three consecutive seasons.
KGC coach Kim Sang-sik said, “These are foreign players who shared the unified championship. We got to know each other well after being together for one season. I know Spellman was popular in other leagues. Nevertheless, he is grateful for agreeing to renew the contract. I am happy to be with Monroe. There is a change in the squad, but I expect foreign players to hold the center of the team well,” he said, explaining the reason for renewing the contract with Spellman and Monroe.
In the offseason KGC, Oh Se-geun, who was the team’s franchise star, moved to Seoul SK. Oh Se-geun filled the weakness of Spellman, who tends to play outside, but he is no longer there. Nevertheless, KGC chose to renew the contract with Spellman, a proven resource.
“(Oh) Se-geun is missing, but there are definitely advantages of being a spellman. The basketball I pursue is also suitable for Spellman who can play inside and outside. The weight under the goal may be lacking, but I bought his advantage a little higher. I thought that Monroe would solve Spellman’s shortcomings, so I re-signed the two together.” These are the words of director Kim Sang-sik.
In the offseason, KGC underwent a major change in the squad. Not only Oh Se-geun, but Moon Seong-gon, the main player in the combined championship, left for Suwon KT, and Byun Jun-hyung joined the Sangmu. Instead, he recruited Choi Seong-won, Jeong Hyo-geun, and Lee Jong-hyun to fill the roster.
Director Kim Sang-sik said, “I hope Se-geun and (Moon) Seong-gon do well. (Jeong) Hyo-geun, (Choi) Seong-won, and (Lee) Jong-hyeon filled the vacancy. Hyo-geun has a different style from Seong-gon, but he can play inside and outside. He can also be entrusted with defending foreign players. He is a player with many advantages. Since Sung-won did well in the championship match, I think he will fill the void left by Jun-hyung. Jonghyun contacted me first. He showed his earnestness and agreed to give it a chance for a year. He said, “I think we need to think about new players so that they can melt into the motion offense.”
KGC’s lineup has completely changed from last season. In order to achieve good results in the new season, Choi Seong-won, Jeong Hyo-geun, and Lee Jong-hyun must integrate well into the team. Also, breathing with foreign players is important.먹튀검증
Manager Kim Sang-sik said, “The composition of the players has changed, but the style will not change much. New players have height, mobility, and basketball sense, so I think it will get better if they match with foreign players. Actually, it is a crisis, but I will think of it as a new opportunity and try to overcome it.”