The KBL announced on Nov. 22 that Goyang Day One and free agent (FA) Ham Jun-hoo (34, 195 cm) have signed a contract. The terms of the contract are two years and 80 million won in compensation.
Last season, Ham Jun-hoo helped Anyang KGC to the title, but he didn’t see much court time as a starter. He averaged 1.8 points and 0.6 rebounds in seven minutes and 50 seconds in five games. This compares to 9:23 minutes in 48 games in the 2021-2022 season. Hungry for playing time, Ham Jun-hoo took coach Kim Seung-ki up on his offer and stayed with Day One for two seasons.
“I didn’t get a lot of opportunities last season, but my performance was so good while I was at KGC. In the 2021-2022 season, I got a lot of opportunities. It wasn’t easy to leave because I was doing well, but coach Kim Seung-ki called me and I changed teams. The fact that Kim Seung-ki was there was the biggest reason for the move. The second reason was that I wanted to continue my career,” he said.
Ham Jun-hoo played with Kim in the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 seasons at Anyang KGC. In 2021-2022, he averaged 1.7 points and 1.2 rebounds in 9:23 minutes in 48 games. That’s the most games he’s ever played in a season, and it’s clear that Kim knows and utilizes him well.
“I trust the coach. We’ve been together for two years, so we know each other’s styles. So we didn’t talk about much. I think he said simply, 안전놀이터 ‘I hope he comes. I think the first thing is to fulfill the coach’s expectations rather than my personal expectations. I didn’t play much last season, so I want to play, and I’m going to do my best.”
Ham Jun-hoo played for the Goyang Orion (now Day One) for two seasons, from the 2018-2019 season to the 2019-2020 season. He is not worried about adjusting to the new team as many of the players have remained with the organization.
“I have (Kim) Kang-seon, (Han) Hobin, and (Kim) Jin-yu. (Cho) Jin-yu went to the army, and we stayed in touch after he transferred. The basketball board is small, so I think we will eventually meet. There were a lot of players I was happy to see. (Jeon) Sung-hyun is there. (Choi) Hyun-min is a junior in college, so I know most of the players. I don’t know if it’s because I’m getting older (laughs).”
In conclusion, he said, “I don’t have big goals or anything like that. First of all, I don’t think the coach’s expectations are high, so I want to fulfill them. I think it’s my last chance to play and I want to burn like a flame. I don’t have any big goals. I think the first thing is to fit in well with the team.”