Guard Heo Ung (30, KCC)’s play is getting more and more sophisticated. The perspective of solving the game has been further expanded. It is impressive not only to become a solver at critical moments, but also to play to save teammates. The most recent game, Suwon KT on the 10th, is a typical example. He led the team to victory with 19 points and 7 assists. KCC coach Jeon Chang-jin said of Heo Woong, “He harmoniously took the time to score and the time to pass. He asked me to play altruistically, and he performed well,” he raised his thumb.
◆ Ace’s Dignity
Heo Ung took his first steps on the professional stage wearing the DB uniform for the 2014-2015 season. After the 2021-2022 season, he moved to KCC through free agency (FA). His contract period is 5 years, and the total amount of compensation for the first year is 750 million won. This is a point where you can get a glimpse of expectations. In 31 games this season, he played an average of more than 30 minutes (31 minutes and 02 seconds) per game, recording 16.5 points and 4.7 assists, fulfilling his role as an ace. A new career high that surpasses last season (16.7 points and 4.2 assists) seems possible.
It’s even more surprising when you think of the frequent match-up with the opponent’s ace. It is also a part of yourself. It’s not easy. Physically, it takes a lot more energy. Heo Woong said, “Honestly, the burden is great. There are many things to worry about, such as attack, defense, and passing, so there are times when confusion arises from moment to moment. He wants to catch it as soon as possible and go in a good direction,” he explained. He continued, “It seems that the aggressiveness (in defense) has increased a bit,” he said. “It is something I wanted to do, and it is also something I have to do for the team.”
◆ Smiling KCC
KCC’s puzzles are being put together one by one. KCC attracted a lot of attention by recruiting Heo Woong and Lee Seung-hyun in the last air conditioner league. However, I couldn’t help but laugh at that. It took some work to stitch it together. This is the background where the atmosphere at the beginning was a bit messy. In the first and second rounds, it was only 3 wins and 6 losses and 4 wins and 5 losses, respectively. We constantly communicated and found directions. As a result, they rebounded with 6 wins and 3 losses in the 3rd round. The first half ended with a win rate of 16-15 and over 50%. Tied for 5th with Carrot. It is one game away from 4th place SK (17-14).
can’t be satisfied look higher During the All-Star break, we want to reorganize a little more. Heo Woong looked back on the first half and said, “There were many games that were disappointing. He lost a lot in the fight by one or two points, and the players’ condition was not improving much.” “I think it will become more solid after the break. If I prepare a little more, I wonder if I can go to the top. From the third round, I feel like I can beat any team I face,” he said, expressing strong confidence.
◆ A fun time with the most popular
fans is ahead. The All-Star Game will be held at KT Arena in Suwon on the 15th. Heo Woong proudly took first place in the All-Star fan poll this year as well as last year. He won 142,475 votes, beating Lee Dae-seong (Korea Gas Corporation, 96,186 votes) in second place by a wide margin. He is responsible for the revival of men’s professional basketball. Heo Woong said, “I don’t know yet what kind of image I will show you.” An official from the Korea Professional Basketball League (KBL) said, “There will be many things to see, from street publicity to players’ dancing.”