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A Little Giant in Basketball Team

 

   
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Starting from the jump ball of 24th, March, KB University Basketball League began its journey. Dongguk University Basketball Team gained six wins out of nine games so far, ranking itself at 4th place. No experts expected this well-fight of Dongguk before the League began. At the center of this sensational winning-streak, Lee Dae-heon, majoring in Physical Education, is there. The Dongguk Post would like to introduce him.

 

 

Q: Can you introduce yourself to our readers?
A: Hello, all the readers of the Post, my name is Lee Dae-heon, the center position at Dongguk Basketball Team. I am 198cm tall,  and my back-number is 12, and entered into University in 2012.

 

Q: Do you have any role models in the professional league?
A: Ham Ji-hoon, power forward of Ulsan Mobis, is my role model. I am not that tall compared to other players in my position. Ham is like me. He is also an undersized big-man, but he is an expert of really cunning plays.


 
Q: Can you introduce Dongguk Basketball Team?
A: It is hard to compare it with other teams because I have never experienced them inside it, however, Dongguk University itself has the best facilities and training system. My head coach is very generous to players and I have really improved under his instructions.

 

Q: Can the team perform as well as it is now?
A: To be objective, Korea and Yonsei University are the ones that are hard to beat. They have many star players like Lee Jong-hyun, who was the best I have ever met as match-up. Actually, except those two, all the others have similar competitiveness. The most important factor that has led to our unexpected victories is that our fighting spirit and eagerness to win were higher than others. If only we can keep it, we can win as we do now.

 

Q: What are the difficulties that you face as a team player?
A: To be a professional player of KBL(Korea Basketball League) as an undersized big-man, hard work and self-awareness are required. Also based on team regulation, we have free weekend in off-season in order to visit home and meet friends and families, but going out is prohibited for all members during the league. This is the first one, and additionally, though temporary, injury occurs frequently. During freshmen years, my ankle was broken severely. That season was so important that I hid the injury and played with pain-killing pills. Needless to say, I messed up.

 

Q: What is your most memorable game that you played in this league?
A: The last two games against Myongji University. The first one was motivating because it was the first home game we won. I had a dunk performance for show-off and to encourage our team members. However, the recent one was most regretful. I failed to control my emotion and only wrath dominated me. It is very hard to control temper during the game.

 

Q: Are there any other comments you would like to share with us?
A: Due to the fact that our home stadium is at the very corner of university, in front of Haklim Hall, only a few students come to watch our game. We need students’ support and cheer to win the game. I hope this interview encourages students to come and enjoy real sport with players. We will try our best to win and repay the support from students. Hope I can see you readers at the stadium. Thank you!

Yang Si-young  sea0378@dongguk.edu

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