An early entry candidate for the 2004 NBA Draft. Would be the first Korean to play in the NBA. Did not play competitive basketball in 2003-04. Moved to Los Angeles, where he’s been working out in preparation for the draft. Played for Yonsei University and Samil Commercial High School in 2002-03. In Korea, students graduate from high school in February.
Career Highlights: Was the driving force behind Samil Commercial High School's 22-game unbeaten run in 2003, winning four championship titles, including the high school basketball tournament at the National Sports Festival in Cheju in November 2003. During the 2003 Junior World Championships, he averaged 11.0 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks, while shooting 64 percent from the field in 19.2 minutes. Under South Korean rules, he was eligible to play for Yonsei University in a tournament in 2003 as an incoming freshman, even without finishing high school. He averaged 12.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in seven games and Yonsei won the national college title.
Strengths: Runs well for a player his size. Possesses a good stroke from mid-range and at the free throw line.
“He's really interesting because of his potential,” Blazers general manager John Nash told the Oregonian. “He's such a young player. With his size and physical presence, you can only wonder what he will be three, four or five years down the road. Certainly he has the physique to become a dominant player.”
Personal: Father, Dong-ki, is 6-6 and was a former member of the Korean National Team that placed second at the 1978 Bangkok Asian Games. His sister is 6-6 and is playing professional basketball in Japan. He weighed more than 13 pounds at birth.