Can Jo Woo-sung (24, 206.1cm) become the main character of the new 3rd round myth?
On the 22nd, KBL announced that Seoul Samsung had re-contracted with internal FA (free agent) Jo Woo-sung. The condition of the contract is 80 million won in remuneration (72 million won in salary, 8 million won in incentives) for 3 years. Last year, Jo Woo-sung’s annual salary was 40 million won, so the salary increase rate is 100%.먹튀검증
In the 2021 KBL Rookie Draft, Jo Woo-sung wore a Samsung uniform as the 1st pick in the 3rd round. He was of good stature, but his short pitch and slow feet were his drawbacks. Nonetheless, he has a competitive edge behind the goal. He has good strength and can block foreign players from under his goal.
Jo Woo-sung said, “I didn’t know what to do because it was my first FA. He started exercising late, so he had a lot of thoughts on what to do because he didn’t know many hyungs other than the team hyungs. (Lee) Dong-yeop asked his older brother, and he gave a lot of advice. Thanks to that, he was able to sign a contract more easily than I thought,” he said of his first free agency.
He continued, “I actually thought that he would be viewed badly by the team because he was injured in January. Rather, the office staff and the director understood that I was injured while working hard for the team, and they felt sorry for me. You understood this part well. After signing the contract, the coach said, ‘Let’s do well in the new season. The physical condition is the most important thing, so don’t overdo it and let’s do team training after ensuring your back is rehabilitated.”
It is not easy for the 3rd round designated player to receive a chance to play and to remain in the KBL for a long time. Among the nominations in the third round, the player who has been on the court the longest is Jung Byung-guk (retired). In the 2007 draft, he was called to Incheon Etland (now Gas Corporation) with the 2nd pick in the 3rd round and continued his professional career until 2019.
It is a reality that even receiving a chance is difficult, but Cho Woo-sung played 25 games last season and recorded 2.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.4 assists for an average of 9 minutes and 8 seconds. On December 17 last year, he recorded a double-double (10 points and 10 rebounds) in a confrontation with Jeonju KCC. This is the first record for a third-round designated player.
Jo Woo-sung said, “Because the round ranking is late, even if we record the same record, it seems to stand out from the previous ranking. At that time, he was praised by people around him and his older brothers. He has to keep working hard and not resting. He tries not to care about the nominations, but if the number of rounds falls behind, he will not have many chances to play. There were parts where the coach looked good on me, and I got a lot of opportunities because foreign players were injured.”
I wonder if Jo Woo-sung, who has been with Samsung for 3 more seasons, will be able to create a legend in the 3rd round.