Ahead of the new season, many middle and high school teams are in the midst of strengthening their strength through Stove League in each region.
High school boys and girls are conducting practice games that combine winter training in Gyeongju and Jeju Island in North Gyeongsang Province, and high school girls are checking the skills they have honed throughout the winter in Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province.
This season, with the first tournament of the season scheduled in Haenam in March, in the jump ball, we met players who are expected to play in each school in the south high school this season in advance.
The 24th player to be introduced is Min-gyo Ku (197cm, F, C), a reliable big man of Jemulpo High School.
Min-gyo Koo is a power forward who has dominated the national stage since middle school. Even after he entered high school, his destructive power was still the same. When he put his mind to it, he always scored from the bottom of the goal, actively participated in rebounding, and kept the inside reliably. Thanks to these performances, he was selected as the U16 and U18 representative last year and had the best moment of his life.
Min-gyo Koo, who showed off his grip under the net to the point of being the starting pitcher since his freshman year, recorded a double-double with an average of 21.5 points and 10.95 rebounds in 22 games last season. He also showed off his presence by recording close to 4 assists per game (3.95).
Jemulpo High School coach Kim Young-rae said, “Compared to last year, the outskirts have become weaker, so (former) Min-gyo has more work to do. He has a lot of orders to the point of being sorry, but since he is so sincere, he silently fulfills them. Dirty work and feeding, as well as outside play, should be made more detailed. I am also focusing on shooting training.”
Continuing, “I’m trying to make it like Moon Jeong-hyeon (Korea University). This season, I think it will be important to manage my physical strength as I have to do both inside and outside.”
Min-gyo Koo, who has become the oldest member of the team, promised to create a new offensive weapon for the upcoming season.
He said, “Personally, I am studying shooting practice and movement to increase my attacking options. As a team, he is preparing for the season with a focus on defense and motion offense.” It is the words of Gu Min-gyo. 안전놀이터
In the 2023 season, one more role was added to Min-gyo Ku, who had been the pillar of the team and the main scorer. “The percentage of goals has increased compared to last year,” he said. In addition, I think I need to pay attention to the overall coordination of the game, such as reading,” he explained, explaining the difference from last season.
Finally, he said, “My personal goal is to equip a shot so that I can digest up to the number 3 (small forward) position. Also, try to increase your attack skills. As a team, our goal is to win.”