Heo Woong (185cm, G) tasted victory after a long time.
Jeonju KCC defeated Changwon LG 87-64 in the 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot Pro Basketball regular league held at Jeonju Indoor Gymnasium on the 5th. He escaped from the crisis of losing six games in a row. With a record of 17 wins and 20 losses, it remained in 6th place alone. It was half a game behind Suwon KT (17-21) in 7th place.
Heo Ung entered the draft a year earlier than his peers. He knocked on the pro stage with teammate Lee Seung-hyeon (197cm, F) and Yonsei University 1-year senior Kim Jun-il (200cm, C). In the 2014 KBL Domestic Rookie Draft, he joined Wonju Dongbu (now Wonju DB) with the 5th overall pick.
Heoung’s skill has grown rapidly. He has been reborn as a KBL top scorer. His appearance on entertainment programs also increased his awareness. He became a Tal KBL-class superstar. Moreover, after the 2021-2022 season, he became a free agent (FA). Heo Woong’s share price is much higher than his eight years ago.
The team that captivated Heo Woong’s heart was KCC. KCC signed a contract with Heo Woong for a total of 750 million won in remuneration for the 2022-2023 season over a five-year contract period.
Heo Woong, who was DB’s ace and main scorer, is also an ace and main scorer at KCC. Before meeting LG, he played in all regular league games (36 games), and is averaging 16.2 points, 4.5 assists, and 2.6 rebounds for 30 minutes and 46 seconds, with 2.3 3-pointers per game. His 3-point shooting percentage is around 38.4%.
In addition, Heo Woong is creating a synergistic effect with existing players by moving and shooting without the ball. The synergy effect with other players raised KCC’s ranking.
However, KCC was pushed out of the playoff margin. This is because his performance dropped after the All-Star break, and Lee Seung-hyun (197cm, F), the main big man, left due to a right elbow injury. Heo Woong’s burden also grew.
KCC coach Jeon Chang-jin wanted to cherish Heo Woong more. Before the game “As we move into the second half, (Huh) Woong’s performance is good. Woonggi was excluded from the starting lineup.”
Heo Woong first stepped onto the court 3 minutes and 12 seconds before the end of the first quarter. Yoon Won-sang (181cm, G) was wary, but Heo Woong showed speed at the moment. He showed concentration in attempting a lay-up despite LG’s foul. Although he was not satisfied, his performance was sufficient to warm up his sense of attack. 스포츠토토
It wasn’t easy for him to create a chance in the second quarter either. However, when he caught the ball, Heo Woong did not miss the opportunity given to him. He harassed Yoon Won-sang with a 3-point shot after receiving a screen, or a breakthrough using force. In the early offense, he helped Jeong Chang-yeong (193cm, G) score with a quick pass.
Heo Woong, riding the flow, harassed Yoon Won-sang even with his ballless movements. Finishing the pass of Calvin Jeffrey Epistola (180cm, G) with a layup. He led Kim Jun-il’s foul with a 2-2 development, and helped Lee Jong-hyun (203cm, C) score with a pass that matched the flow of the ball. In the 2nd quarter alone, 12 points (2 points: 4/6), 2 assists and 1 rebound. KCC also widened the gap with LG by 45-38.