02 - 08
April 2018
11 Seungwoo Lee (KOR)
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Korean ace SeungWoo models his game after Kevin Durant

FOSHAN (FIBA U16 Asia Championship) - Korean ace Lee SeungWoo has been playing well at the FIBA U16 Asia Championship, and he counts Kevin Durant among his on court idols.

"My idol is Kevin Durant because he is good at all kinds of plays," he said. "I used to watch and learn the way he moves and plays."

SeungWoo has been one of Korea's best players so far in this tournament, averaging 14.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game while shooting 54.1% from the field. Like Durant, SeungWoo has great size for his position and is able to score from almost any spot on the court. His best game was scoring 27 points against Lebanon on Day 2, when it seemed like he just couldn't be stopped. It was a proud moment for him, who learned to play the game when he was just in third grade.

"I started to learn basketball when I was third grade," he shared. "I learned it because I wanted to lose some weight, and also I wanted to play ball with my friends."

Now, however, the 6ft 4in (1.92m) is playing not just with his friends but with the best of Korea's young talents on their U16 national team. It's something he is tremendously proud of.

"It is a great honor to represent Korea," he said. "I feel a big responsibility for it, and I want to show my good performance to the world."

So far, Korea have been performing relatively well, though their quest to defend their 2015 title is now an uphill battle. Despite that, SeungWoo feels they still have a chance

"We have a good chemistry between us, and I think we are the most energetic team among Asia," he said. "In the court, we are strong in defense and speed. I strongly believe in my teammates and our team so I think we can still defend our title."

Now, the kid who learned to playin third grade and who idolizes Kevin Durant is considered among the brightest young stars in Korea, and his playing with the national team is an opportunity that he certainly does not take for granted.