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KOR - Teenage sensation Ji Su Park to make senior debut in Turkey
SEOUL (FIBA World Championship for Women) - Rising star Ji Su Park is set to step out at her first major tournament for the senior national team when Korea bring a youthful side to Istanbul for the forthcoming FIBA World Championship for Women.
The phenomenally talented center will be just 15 years old when she takes to the floor in September for the opening game against Belarus and is now likely to be the main focus of media attention in Group C.
Having already played at two FIBA U17 World Championship for Women tournaments in addition to the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women in 2013 when five years younger than most of her peers, Park does have plenty of games under her belt wearing a Korea vest.
However, whether she can make an impact at the senior level at such a tender age remains to be seen, as Korea opt to go with a young team. As anticipated, they are sending their veteran stars to Incheon to deliver what looks like an inevitable gold medal as hosts of the Asian Games which overlaps the action in Turkey.
Last year, at the FIBA Asia Championship for Women in Bangkok, the average age of the team was almost 30 years old, but with only Seungah Lee returning from the roster which landed a place in the final of the competition, a lack of experience could be an issue.
Lee will continue to provide leadership from the guard spots, while there is a return for Kyung Eun Lee who will pull the strings in the backcourt having represented her nation as a teenager at the FIBA World Championship for Women in 2006.
Korea have however added that their initial 12-name roster is subject to change and they may yet decide to make some tweaks as the FIBA World Championship for Women and Asian Games edge ever closer.
Korea squad for FIBA World Championship for Women: Kyung Eun Lee, Seungah Lee, Gyu-Hee Kim, A Ran Hong, Jihyun Shin, Youn Joo Kim, Lee Seeul Kang, Hyeyoon Bae, Ajeong Kang, Soo Yeon Kim, So Dam Kim, Ji Su Park.