South Korea national basketball team

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South Korea South Korea
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FIBA ranking 30 Steady [1]
Joined FIBA 1947
FIBA zone FIBA Asia
National federation Korea Basketball Association
Coach Hur Jae
Olympic Games
Appearances 6 (First in 1948)
FIBA World Cup
Appearances 7 (First in 1970)
FIBA Asia Championship
Appearances 28 (First in 1960)
Medals Gold medal asia.svg Gold: 1969, 1997
Silver medal asia.svg Silver: 1967, 1973, 1977, 1981, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003
Bronze medal asia.svg Bronze: 1963, 1965, 1971, 1975, 1979, 1983, 1993, 2001, 2007, 2011, 2013
Asian Games
Appearances 16 (First in 1954)
Medals Gold medal asia.svg Gold: 1970, 1982, 2002, 2014
Silver medal asia.svg Silver: 1974, 1978, 1986, 1994, 1998, 2010
Bronze medal asia.svg Bronze: 1962, 1966, 1990
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours

The Korean national basketball team (alternate names include Republic of Korea and South Korea) is the team representing South Korea in international men's basketball competitions. It is administered by the Korea Basketball Association (Hangul대한농구협회; Daehan Nonggu Hyeobhoe).

Based on the number of overall medals won, South Korea is a major force among basketball teams of FIBA Asia. The team has won a record number of 24 medals at the FIBA Asia Championship. Furthermore, South Korea is the only nation that has qualified for this event every year since it was first held in 1960.[2]


Jamsil Students' Gymnasium, venue for games of the Korean Basketball League, has been the playground for several players of South Korea's national team.
South Korea's starting lineup in 2014

Initiation (1947-1951)[edit]

In 1947, two years after the establishment of the People's Republic of Korea, the Korea Basketball Association joined the International Federation of Basketball (FIBA) and sent its national teams to FIBA-sponsored events. Only one year later, the team already celebrated its first major accomplishment at the 1948 Summer Olympics, when it finished 8th, better than any other Asian nation, and ahead of teams such as Canada, Argentina, and Italy.

In 1950, the team went through struggles, caused primarily by the Korean War. Hence, the top spots at the 1951 Asian Games went to the Philippines and Japan.

Steady improvements (1952-1968)[edit]

At the 1954 Asian Games, for the first time ever, South Korea finished in the Final Four of a major international basketball tournament in Asia. The team slowly improved its position within Asia almost every year and qualified for the Basketball World Cup several times.

Golden years (1969-1970)[edit]

In 1969 and 1970, the team enjoyed a brief period to shine, when it won the 1969 Asian Championship and the 1970 Asian Games and ultimately qualified for the 1970 FIBA World Championship. There, as the only Asian team, South Korea finished ahead of Australia (champion of FIBA Oceania) and Egypt (champion of FIBA Africa) and showed its best performance ever at this event. Korea's Shin Dong-Pa dominated all scorers at the 1970 FIBA World Cup as he averaged 32.6 points per game, almost 13 points more than the second placed Davis Peralta from Panama.

Asian elite position behind China (1971-2007)[edit]

At the Asian Championship, South Korea stayed among the top three teams at 21 straight events, a record that is still unmatched until today. The streak finally ended when Qatar defeated South Korea at the 3rd place game at the 2005 event. Between 1975 and 2005, South Korea was the only nation besides the Philippines that was able to seriously challenge China's dominance. It interrupted China's championship winning streak in 1997, when it defeated its dominant neighbor in the semifinals and ultimately won the crown as 1997 Champion of Asia.

At the 2007 FIBA Asia Championship, Korea was able to go on a streak, and won the first 5 games. Because of the "four centers" Ha Seung-jin (221 cm), Kim Joo-sung (205 cm), Lee Dong-jun (202 cm), and Kim Min-soo (200 cm), South Korea had the tournament's highest 2-point field goal percentage (61%). Korea was also a team that had a strong back court with Kim Seung-hyun (179 cm), Yang Dong-geun (182 cm), Kim Dong-woo (198 cm), and Choi Jin-soo (205 cm), who guaranteed that the team was in the tournaments top-3 in free throw percentage (70.6) and assists per game (11.5).[3] All these players helped their team to win the bronze medal once again.

Emergence of West Asian competition (2008-present)[edit]

In the modern era, South Korea's competition from West Asia intensified as countries such as Jordan, Qatar, Lebanon, and especially Iran improved their basketball programs. South Korea is still considered one of Asia's major teams but its position among the top three teams in Asia is not guaranteed anymore. In 2014, the team qualified for the Basketball World Cup for the first time in almost 20 years. Even though the team was eliminated in the first round, the qualification itself has been a success and provided much needed global exposure. Most of the players that played at the 2014 World Cup returned for the 2014 Asian Games where they helped secure the gold medal on home soil.


William Jones Cup[edit]

William Jones Cup
Year Rank Pld W L
Taiwan 1977
Taiwan 1978 Runners-up
Taiwan 1979 Not held
Taiwan 1980
Taiwan 1981
Taiwan 1982
Taiwan 1983
Taiwan 1984
Taiwan 1985
Taiwan 1986 Runners-up
Taiwan 1987
Taiwan 1988 Third place
Taiwan 1989 Not held
Taiwan 1990
Taiwan 1991 Third place
Taiwan 1992
Taiwan 1993
Taiwan 1994
Taiwan 1995
Taiwan 1996
Taiwan 1997
Taiwan 1998 Third place
Taiwan 1999 Champions
Taiwan 2000 Runners-up 6 5 1
Taiwan 2001 Runners-up
Taiwan 2002
Taiwan 2003 Not held
Taiwan 2004
Taiwan 2005
Taiwan 2006
Taiwan 2007
Taiwan 2008
Taiwan 2009 5th Place 8 5 3
Taiwan 2010 Did not enter
Taiwan 2011 Runners-up 9 7 2
Taiwan 2012 5th Place 8 5 3
Taiwan 2013 Third place 7 5 2
Taiwan 2014 Did not enter
Taiwan 2015 5th Place 8 4 4
Taiwan 2016 Runners-up 8 6 2
Total ?/36 ? ? ?


Current team[edit]

Roster for the 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge

Korea men's national basketball team - 2016 FIBA Asia Challenge roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Age – Date of birth Ht. Club Ctr.
G 1 Kim Si-rae 27 – (1989-03-22)March 22, 1989 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps South Korea
F 3 Lee Jung-hyun 29 – (1987-03-03)March 3, 1987 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) Anyang KGC South Korea
G 5 Kim Sun-hyung 28 – (1988-07-01)July 1, 1988 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) Seoul SK Knights South Korea
G 6 Heo Hoon 21 – (1995-08-16)August 16, 1995 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) Yonsei University South Korea
G 9 Heo Ung 23 – (1993-08-05)August 5, 1993 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) Wonju Dongbu Promy South Korea
F 10 Cho Sung-min 32 – (1983-12-23)December 23, 1983 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in) Busan KT Sonicboom South Korea
F 11 Heo Il-young 31 – (1985-08-05)August 5, 1985 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Anyang KGC South Korea
F 12 Jeong Hyo-geun 22 – (1993-12-14)December 14, 1993 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Incheon ET Land Elephants South Korea
C 14 Choi Bu-kyung 27 – (1989-06-28)June 28, 1989 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Korea Armed Forces Athletic Corps South Korea
C 15 Kim Jong-kyu 25 – (1991-07-03)July 3, 1991 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) Changwon LG Sakers South Korea
C 31 Jang Jae-sok 25 – (1991-02-03)February 3, 1991 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) Goyang Orion Orions South Korea
F 33 Lee Seung-hyun 24 – (1992-04-16)April 16, 1992 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) Goyang Orion Orions South Korea
Head coach
  • South Korea Hur Jae
Assistant coach(es)
  • South Korea Kim Sang-sik
  • (C) Team captain
  • (NP) Naturalized Player
  • Club – describes last
    club before the tournament
  • Age – describes age
    on September 9, 2016

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Kim Jong-kyu Lee Jong-hyun Oh Se-keun
PF Kim Joo-sung Heo Il-young
SF Moon Tae-jong Yang Hee-jong
SG Cho Sung-min Park Chan-hee
PG Yang Dong-geun Kim Sun-hyung Kim Tae-sul

Past rosters[edit]

1956 Olympic Games: finished 14th among 15 teams

Ahn Byung-Suk, Kim Young-Su, Cho Byung-Hyun, Kim Choon-Pae, Kim Young-Ki, Ko Se-Te, Paik Nan-Chung, Choi Tae-Kon, Ahn Young-Sik, Kim Hyung-I

1964 Olympic Games: finished 16th among 16 teams

Shin Dong-pa, Moon Hyun-chang, Kim Young-il, Kim Seung-kyu, Chung Jin-bong, Lee Byung-koo, Kim Young-ki, Kim Chung-sun, Ha Ui-kun, Kim Moo-hyun, Bang Yeul, Kim In-kun (Coach: Kim Hee)

1968 Olympic Games: finished 14th among 16 teams

Shin Dong-pa, Lee In-pyo, Kim Young-il, Kim Moo-hyun, Kim In-kun, Choi Jong-kyu, Lee Kyung-jae, Ha Ui-kun, Yoo Hee-hyung, Park Han, Lee Byung-koo, Kwak Hyun-chae (Coach: Lee Kyung-jae, J. Jeff Gausepohl)

1970 World Championship: finished 11th among 13 teams

Shin Dong-pa, Lee In-pyo, Kim In-kun, Kim Young-il, Park Han, Choi Jong-kyu, Yoo Hee-hyung, Lee Byung-koo, Yoo Jung-kun, Lee Ja-young, Shin Hyun-soo, Kwak Hyun-chae (Coach: Kim Young-ki)

1978 World Championship: finished 13th among 14 teams

Kim In-Jin, Kim Pyung-Man, Jung Young-Soo, Jang Bong-Hak, Park Sang-Ung, Park Soo-Kyo, Kim Sang-Chun, Kim Hyung-Nyun, Kim Dong-Kwang, Koo Jong-Hoo, Lee Mun-Kyu, Choi Bu-Young (Coach: Kim Moo-Hyung)

1986 World Championship: finished 22nd among 24 teams

Hur Jae, Park In-kyu, Lee Min-hyun, Cho Yoon-ho, Han Ki-bum, Lee Mun-kyu, Kim Hyun-jun, Kim You-taek, Kim Sung-wook, Lee Won-woo, Lee Chung-hee, Goh Myong-hwa (Coach: Kim In-kun)

1988 Olympic Games: finished 9th among 12 teams

Hur Jae, Lee Mun-Kyu, Han Ki-Bum, Kim Hyun-jun, Kim Yoo-taek, Lee Won-woo, Lee Chung-hee, Park Jong-chun, Kim Yoon-hoo, Oh Seh-woong, Yoo Jae-hak, Choi Chul-kwon (Coach: Pang Yul)

Head Coaches[edit]


South Korea at the 2014 FIBA World Cup.


2016: Nike [4]


2016: Hana Financial Group [4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "FIBA Ranking for Men". Fiba.Com. 3 October 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  2. ^ [1],, accessed 16 December 2010.
  3. ^ 2007 FIBA Asia Championship, Tokushima, Japan,, accessed 18 December 2010.
  4. ^ a b Korea - FIBA Asia Challenge 2016,, Retrieved 17 October 2016.

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