‘Lion King’ Oh Se-geun (36), who is moving to Seoul SK, said goodbye to Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation fans with sincerity.
A day after the SK transfer announcement, Oh Se-geun said in a phone call with Star News on the 19th, “KGC was really closer than my family. It’s heartbreaking to part with such people. I think many of those feelings will remain for a while.” After becoming a pro, I won the championship, and it is not easy to have such good experiences. After that, I suffered a major injury and tried to recover. I also won the championship and obtained my first free agent (FA) qualification to remain, and so on. There were so many things. There were so many happy moments,” he looked back on his life at KGC.
On the 18th, SK announced the news of Oh Se-geun’s FA recruitment. His contract period is 3 years, and the total compensation for the first year is 750 million won. He was a shock transfer. Oh Se-geun was a franchise star that symbolized KGC. He also wore four championship rings. Oh Se-geun, a graduate of Jemulpogo-Chungang University, wore a KGC uniform as the first overall pick in the 2011 rookie draft, and led KGC to win the championship match right after his debut season, 2011-2012. In the 2016-2017 season, he reached the top of the championship game and left a record by sweeping the regular league, playoffs, and All-Star MVP. Following the third win in 2021, he showed off his ‘veteran power’ by leading KGC’s combined victory in the 2022-2023 season. There were many expectations that Oh Se-geun, who obtained FA qualification this time, would remain at KGC, but he was surprised by his choice of transfer.
Oh Se-geun said, “I received calls from people around me saying, ‘I was surprised a lot’ and ‘I had a hard time’.” It’s not, but I’ve made great achievements over the past 12 years, and it’s a lot of regret to leave everything behind. However, there was a reason to leave it down. My parents and wife respected my opinion a lot,” he explained. Immediately after the transfer, Oh Se-geun said through his SNS, “Leaving Ginseng Corporation, where I gave my all, was a decision that was not easy enough to worry about staying up all night with my eyes open for days and days.” I felt disappointed and discouraged,” he confessed. In addition, Oh Se-geun said, “I still haven’t settled down. I talked to the KGC coaches, but I couldn’t talk to all the players and support staff.”안전놀이터
Yang Hee-jong and Oh Se-geun (center) lifting the 2022-2023 championship trophy. /Photo = Provided by KBL
After Oh Se-geun decided to transfer, he also met Yang Hee-jong (39), a ‘KGC colleague’. Oh Se-geun said, “Before I signed a contract with SK, I met Yang Hee-jong because I had a filming schedule. I talked about my feelings. When I said, ‘I can go to SK,’ my brother was not good at talking. Of course, I stayed at KGC.” I would have wanted to become a franchise star, but it seemed that he understood my sad feelings.”
Yang Hee-jong, a forward from Yonsei University, is also a star representing KGC. He wore only the KGC uniform for 17 years, from 2007 to 2023, and rocked the court. During this period, he left various achievements such as winning the championship match 4 times and winning the regular league twice. In particular, he took over as captain for 10 years from 2014 and led the team brilliantly. Yang Hee-jong retired after this season. Until the end of his career, he contributed to KGC’s combined victory. The heart of looking at the transfer of Oh Se-geun, who played together at KGC throughout his career, is bound to be different.
In the future, Oh Se-geun will work with Kim Seon-hyeong, a ‘special guard’ in SK. Oh Se-geun and Kim Seon-hyung, who were classmates at Chung-Ang University, achieved a 52-game undefeated record from November 2006 to November 2008. In 2010, Chung-Ang University jointly won the 25-game winning college league. Afterwards, the two participated in the rookie draft, and Oh Se-geun entered the pros wearing SK uniforms with KGC as the 1st overall pick and Kim Seon-hyung as the 2nd pick. Kim Seon-hyung, who wore only the SK uniform all the time, won two championship championships, two regular league MVPs, and one championship MVP. Oh Se-geun said, “After graduating from college, the only thing I played with Kim Seon-hyung was the national team. The feeling is different and I look forward to it. I’m not the type to have a lot of pressure, but I think I have to do it with a burden this time.”
In addition, Oh Se-geun revealed that he played a big role in this transfer, saying, “SK was active (in my recruitment). Not only the club officials, but also Kim Seon-hyung and Heo Il-young actively asked to join me.” “I have received undeserved love from KGC fans for the past 12 years. I was really happy. I want to say I’m sorry (for this transfer),” he said. If you do, I will show you how to work hard.”