“It is an opportunity for me.”
Lee Jong-hyeon (29, center, 203 cm) moved from Carrot to KCC on the 1st, the deadline for the professional basketball trade. At the same time, he came to eat rice with Lee Seung-hyeon (31), who he had been like a ‘best friend’ in Korea University, again. The two players also played together in Orion (now Carrot) from the beginning of the 2020-2021 season to the 2021-2022 season.
Lee Jong-hyun said, “(After the trade), Seung-hyun was the first to contact his brother. I slept overnight at my brother’s house close to the KCC training ground, went to work together on the 2nd, and greeted the new team officials.” In the photo released by KCC on the 2nd, Lee Jong-hyun is doing balance training next to Lee Seung-hyun, who is recovering from an elbow injury. Lee Jong-hyun said, “Leaving college seniors and juniors, we have similar names and are like ‘brothers’ to me.”
The relationship between Lee Jong-hyun and Lee Seung-hyun goes back 14 years. The trigger was that Lee Jong-hyun, who was in his second year at Whimoon Middle School at the time, sent a text message to Lee Seung-hyun, who was in his first year at Yongsan High School, saying, “I want to get close to you.” Since then, the two have been sharing a ‘bromance’ that is strong enough to match the ‘friendship ring’ for the 10th anniversary. Lee Jong-hyun said, “The reason I went to Korea University was because I had an older brother.” 안전놀이터
Lee Jong-hyun took the lead in Korea University’s championship by recording 21 points, 17 rebounds, and 3 blocked shots in the finals of the basketball festival held on December 28, 2012, when he was a ‘prospective student’. It was the first time that Korea University took the top spot in the basketball festival. In addition, the opponent in the finals was Sangmu, who recorded 108 consecutive victories in official matches and challenged for 5 consecutive victories in this tournament. On this day, Lee Seung-hyun also played an active role with 26 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists against Sangmu, who was a professional player serving in the military.
After that, both became professional players with the first overall pick in the rookie draft. While Lee Seung-hyun, who wore the Orion uniform as the first pick in 2014, established himself as a top-notch big man on the professional stage, Lee Jong-hyun, who was nominated first by Hyundai Mobis in 2016, earned the nickname ‘lazy genius’ due to injuries and sluggishness. The appearance of being known as a ‘top prospect’, such as being selected for the national team during college and contributing to winning the gold medal at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games, has disappeared.