Park Jin-young (178 cm, F) reflects on his debut season.
Park made his WKBL debut in the 2022-2023 WKBL rookie draft. However, she struggled with injuries early in the season. She then returned to the court and went through an adjustment period. She didn’t have a breakout season, but as time went on, she adapted to the team and raised expectations. He appeared in 14 games, averaging 6.2 minutes, 1.2 points, and 1.2 rebounds.스포츠토토
On his rookie season, Park said, “I debuted as the second pick of the first round, which is a high pick, and I wanted to show a good performance, but I didn’t play much due to injuries. It’s unfortunate that I didn’t get a lot of game experience in my first season,” he reflected on his debut season.
When asked about his injury, Park said, “My right ankle was originally bad. I scored my debut goal and focused on defense and rebounding, but then I heard a pop when I landed after a jump. I knew something was wrong, but I wanted to play so badly that I tried to push through it. But it didn’t work. To be honest, it was very difficult at the time. I was on the bench while my peers were getting a lot of opportunities and growing up. Seeing that made me grit my teeth and get ready,” he said.
“My ankle is much better now. It’s not 100%, but it’s 60-70%. I think it will get better in the future.” He also shared his physical condition.
Park Jin-young, who has experienced the professional stage, has definitely noticed the physical differences. “In high school, I was tall and had a good physique, so I could do everything I wanted to do. But in the pros, my physique was different. It was too hard to fight, and I couldn’t handle screens because I lost the fight on defense. It was hard to attack,” he said, emphasizing his physicality.
“I also lost a lot in the hand-to-hand combat. In fact, in high school, even if I wasn’t good at hand-to-hand combat, I still won. (Laughs) But it was different in the pros. Everyone was experienced. And there are organized moves. To overcome that, I needed to fight,” he said, also emphasizing the importance of hand-to-hand combat.
Although she didn’t play much in her debut season, Park’s role will be bigger next season. This is because Kim Ye-jin (175 cm, F) and Kim Ji-young (170 cm, G) have left the team. Recognizing this, Park said, “My older sisters are the main players on the team. But I don’t think the sixth man spot is set in stone, especially since we lost two sisters who are good at defense. I want to fill that spot, and I want to focus on hard work and rebounding. We are lacking a lot of defense right now. But I want to improve my defense in the offseason, and I think that will give me more opportunities.”
“I also need to work on my physicality and speed this offseason. I need to learn from my older sisters. I need to improve my shooting. There are so many things I need to work on. (Laughs) That’s right, I can play more,” she said of her offseason plans.
When asked about her plans, Park said, “I want to be number one among my peers, and I’m especially worried about Kiana, who was the number one pick in the same draft. I wanted to play with her once, but it didn’t work out. This time, I want to play with her.”
“You have to overcome your peers to overcome your sisters. Later on, I want to surpass (Kim) Danbyeon. Danbyeon is my role model. I want to become a big player like her and stop her. That’s my final goal.” She concluded the interview by stating her goal.