Oh Jae-hyun (24, 187 cm), who is transitioning to the 1 (point guard) position, is going through trial and error.
Oh’s biggest strength is his defense. He has the ability to lock down opposing aces in one-on-one defense. SK often relies on Oh to defend the other team’s ace. This allows Kim to focus more on offense.
However, he is somewhat underutilized on offense. This is because his weakness is his outside shot. In his three seasons as a pro, he’s shot just 29.4% from three-point range. While he does make the occasional three-pointer, his main offensive options are fast breaks or layups in fast break situations.
This season, Oh is trying a new look. He’s trying out the 1 position. In modern basketball, there are no clear position boundaries, so it’s more appropriate to say that he’s the main ball handler. In the opening two games of the season against Anyang’s Kwanjang Jeong and Suwon KT, he played as a two-guard alongside Philippine AsiaQuest’s Gomez Del Riano, taking on the role of main ballhandler.토스카지노
After the game against Jung Kwan-jang on the 21st, SK coach Jeon Hee-chul said, “In November, Ahn Young-joon will come in, so we can have a lineup of Ahn Young-joon at the 2 and Heo Il-young at the 3. When Kim Sun-hyung is resting, I’ll try to use Oh Jae-hyun and Gomez together. We’ve been experimenting in the offseason to use them together rather than relying on them to manage the game. We’re not good enough yet, but we still need them to run the game to some extent. If you keep doing it, it will come. If the combination of Oh and Gomez continues to improve, I plan to use them more often in the future.”
SK will have Ahn return from military service in November, which will allow for a lineup of Kim Sun-hyung, Ahn Young-joon, Heo Il-young, Oh Se-geun, and Jamil Warney, according to Jeon. With Ahn and Heo playing at the same time, the team has a clear advantage in the forward line.
However, the bench will also be crucial to the team’s success. This is where the two-guard combination of Oh and Gomez comes in. Oh’s strength is in transition, while Gomez is not only a fast breaker but also a scorer. The duo combined well on defense in the EASL Group Stage against the Ryukyu Golden Kings on April 18, and even combined for a few fast breaks.
Coach Jeon Hee-chul said, “Until last season, I was used to playing basketball where you wait on offense and then shoot or run. He doesn’t talk to me, but it’s frustrating and hard. I think he will grow through trial and error. Gomez is not a clear-cut No. 1 either, so I hope he can play the No. 1.5 role like Oh Jae-hyun.”
Oh Jae-hyun, who has shown growth every season with his sincerity, will be able to make the transition to the No. 1 role as coach Jeon Hee-chul hopes. Each game will be a time to gain valuable experience and a testing ground for him.