Tuesday, May 12, 2009

First Korean to Earn a Scholarship in Division 1 Mens College Basketball

As a rabid University of Maryland basketball fan, I am proud to call Jin Soo Kim from Seoul, S. Korea one of our own. Kim can be called a pioneer of sorts among Korean basketball players as he is the first to receive a scholarship from a Division 1 team; one of the best I might add. He came over here from Seoul in 2004 for his sophomore year in high school not speaking a word of English. After playing a year in New Jersey he transferred to a regional power in Connecticut that had many other Division 1 prospects. His time there along with his breakout performance with the S Korean team at the u-19 Fiba world championship gave him the exposure he needed to receive several Division 1 scholarship offers. In his wisdom he chose the University of Maryland and its storied basketball program. I can't help but applaud the S. Korean education system for the decision making skills they instill in their pupils. Kim is skinny and needs to add a lot of weight before he can make an impact at Maryland. He is tall and a good shooter which makes him a matchup nightmare for whoever is guarding him. By the end of his first game at Maryland he had already become a fan favorite. Being the first Korean to receive a D 1 scholarship is quite an accomplishment.

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