Jin Soo Choi
- For the footballer, see Choi Jin-Soo.
|College||University of Maryland|
|Height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg)|
May 11, 1989 |
Suwon, South Korea
|High school||South Kent School, Montclair Prep|
Choi Jin-Soo (Korean: 최진수; born 11 May 1989) is a South Korean basketball player who played for University of Maryland, College Park and the Korea national basketball team. He is the first South Korean to receive a full NCAA Division I basketball scholarship.
He is listed as a small forward but he is able to play shooting guard, power forward, and center. Usually, he plays small forward in the United States, and power forward when he plays for the Korea national basketball team.
He came to the United States as a high school freshman in 2004. As a freshman, he was a starting forward for Montclair Prep. He transferred to South Kent for his sophomore year. At South Kent, he played for three years as a Forward. In October 2007, he verbally committed to the University of Maryland. He graduated from South Kent in 2008, and became a freshman at the University of Maryland, College Park.
In Choi's first game as a Terrapin, he scored 20 points in an exhibition vs. Northwood University. Choi immediately became a fan favorite of the Maryland students, as they were cheering his name by the end of the game.
During the 2009 offseason, Choi changed his name from Kim to Choi. He did this to acknowledge his stepfather. Choi's biological father Kim Yoo-taek (김유택) was a well-known South Korean basketball player and former Korea national basketball team coach.
On January 5, 2010, it was announced that Choi was leaving the University of Maryland. He cited difficulties in playing basketball and taking academic classes at the same time as reasons for his departure. Choi was drafted 3rd in the 2011 KBL Korean Basketball League draft to the Orions basketball club.
Notes and references
- Markus, Don (November 9, 2008). "Kim hears the cheers; UM rolls in exhibition". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2008-12-09.
- "Hoops Insider: Maryland". ACC Sports Journal. December 22, 2008. Retrieved 2008-12-22.
- Barker, Jeff (January 27, 2009). "Terps' Kim academically ineligible". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2009-01-28.
- McNamara, John (January 31, 2009). "Williams hoping UM gets message". HometownAnnapolis.com. Retrieved 2009-02-01.
- Yanda, Steve (July 13, 2009). "After Name Change, Choi to Compete for Korea". Washington Post Terrapins Insider. Retrieved 21 November 2009.
- 김현기 (2011-01-31). "최진수 "아버지 김유택 코치와 한솥밥, 부담 없어요"". Kyunghyang Shinmun. Retrieved 2012-02-23.
- Chul, Yoon (January 5, 2010). "Choi Jin-soo to Leave Maryland, Hopes to Play in KBL". The Korea Times. Retrieved 5 January 2010.