‘College’s biggest name’ Lee Yoon-soo goes No. 1 overall to Samsung Fire…lowest employment rate in men’s draft history

October 30, 2023 | by

Kyungpook National University outside hitter Lee Yoon-soo (20) was selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the men’s professional volleyball rookie draft.

The Korea Volleyball Organization (KOVO) held the 2023-24 rookie draft for the men’s V-League on Tuesday at Mayfield Hotel in Gangseo-gu, Seoul. With the first overall pick, Samsung Fire selected Lee Yoon-soo, who broke into the professional ranks in the early draft.

Lee is a highly touted prospect who won the Best Outside Hitter award at the Asian Under-20 Championship last August. He was recognized for his high potential in both offense and defense. Samsung Fire had no hesitation in selecting him.

In the lottery held before the event, Samsung Fire was the first pick, followed by Woori Card, OK Financial Group, Korean Air, KB Insurance, KEPCO, and Hyundai Capital.

Korean Air had already received the 2024-25 first-round pick and traded Son Hyun-jong and the 2023-24 first-round pick to Samsung Fire. Samsung Fire also exercised its fourth first-round pick on the day. 카지노사이트

The Woori Card selected Hanyang University left side Kim Hyung-geun. He played as a middle blocker (center) until last year and showed potential this year after switching to a side hitter.

OK Financial Group used the third pick on Inha University setter Park Tae-sung. The returning Samsung Fireworks selected sophomore middle blocker Yang Soo-hyun from Kyungpook National University with the fourth pick.

Suseong High School left Yoon Seo-jin, the “biggest name in high school,” was selected by KB Insurance with the fifth overall pick. Myongji left Shin Sung-ho was selected by KEPCO, while Chungnam National University sophomore center Kim Jin-young was chosen by Hyundai Capital.

Of the 42 players who applied for the draft on the day, only 20 were called up, including training players. The employment rate is 47.6 percent. It was the lowest ever, lower than the previous low of 2005-06 (56.25%).

In particular, Korean Air selected only one player, Hyundai Capital, Woori Card and KEPCO each selected two.


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