Choi Sung-won is realising his popularity.
Choi Sung-won (184 cm, G) made his debut in the 2017-2018 season. He didn’t get many chances at the beginning of his career. He got his chance in the 2019-2020 season and increased his value in the 2020-2021 season. However, after that season, Choi joined the commercial team.
Two seasons later, he returned to Seoul SK for the 2022-2023 season. Since joining the team, Choi has proven his worth in the offence.
Along with Kim Sun-hyung (187cm, G) and Jamil Warney (200cm, C), he was one of the team’s mainstays and was on the court whenever it mattered. He did his part in defence, which is his strength. He harassed the opponent’s ace guard until the end, reducing the defensive pressure on Kim Sun-hyung. He also played an important role in the offence, not only shooting from outside but also being involved in the assembly of the offence. This provided an environment for Kim and Warney to flourish.
The trio’s performances helped SK claw their way to the championship in dramatic fashion. Even though they lost in the best-of-seven series, the epic battle between SK and KGC remained in the hearts of many fans.
Game 7 of the championship was the most important 토토사이트game of the championship, and while many players played their part, Choi Sung-won, who scored a career-high 25 points, had the game of his life. Looking back, Choi said, “I wanted to win more than I wanted to play well. I was happy to play a good game, but I was very disappointed to lose, but it was meaningful to be able to make the name of Choi Sung-won known again,” he said.
Through his performance, Choi proved that he is strong in big matches. “I’ve always played a lot of big games since I was in college,” he said. (Laughs) So I was confident and will be the same in the future.”
After the seventh game of the championship match, many fans recognised Choi Sung-won and asked for his autograph. When he mentioned this, he said, “Thankfully, many people recognise me. (Laughs) It’s very strange. I want to repay them with my skills as much as they have given me such attention.”
After qualifying for free agency this off-season, Choi Sung-won left SK to join Anyang KGC. KGC was the defending champion last season. However, the team suffered a loss of talent when Oh Se-geun (200cm, C) and Moon Sung-gon (196cm, F) left the team and Byun Jun-hyung (184cm, G) headed to Sangmu. Choi Sung-won had to fill the void.
“Anyang is my hometown,” Choi said. I wanted to make my name known there, and above all, I thought it was an environment where I could develop further. Coach Kim Sang-sik also said, ‘I will help you develop. Those words moved me,” he said.
He added, “Honestly, in SK, I scored a lot of goals on receptions and corners. But at KGC, I want to hold the ball longer and take the roll,” he said.
Finally, when asked about his resolve, Choi Sung-won said, “I want to make another appearance at KGC, and I want to make another improvement.”