Young Guns shone brightly in the men’s competition at the recently concluded Gumi Dodram Cup 2023 professional volleyball tournament. For the first time ever, a second-year player swept the individual awards at the Cup, signaling the birth of a new star in the V-League, which will begin in October.토토사이트
OK Financial Group’s left-handed Apojit Shin was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) after scoring a whopping 34 points in the Cup finals at the Park Jung-hee Gymnasium in Gumi on Nov. 13. In addition to Shin, other players in their second year of debut, all born in 2000, were named to the award list. Samsung Fire’s Park Sung-jin, who was responsible for 30 points in the final, was named the runner-up Most Valuable Player (MIP), while OK Financial Group’s Lee Jin-sung, who showed off his dazzling blocking skills, won the Rising Star Award.
Shin was selected by OK Financial Group with the first overall pick in last year’s rookie draft as the hopeful successor to the V-League men’s left-handed apogee lineage that had been broken since 2011. In his rookie year, he fell short of expectations, scoring 126 points in 27 games and 72 sets, with a 52.38 percent success rate.
However, since taking over as the team’s head coach in June, Ogino Massa has been on a steep rise. He poured in 31 points, including six blocked shots, in the semifinals against Japanese invitee Panasonic, and then poured in 34 points in the finals with a 43.93% shooting percentage and a staggering 72.34% offensive success rate to lead OK Financial Group to its first Cup title.
Park was drafted by Samsung Fire with the fourth pick of the second round in last year’s rookie draft. Expectations weren’t very high, and he only managed 17 points in 15 games last season. Despite the disappointing stat sheet, Park worked hard in the offseason to improve his game, and he immediately made an impact at the tournament as an outside hitter. After leading the team’s offense in the group stage, she scored 23 points and shot 50 percent from the floor in the semifinals to hand Korean Air a loss.
Outside hitter Lee Jin-sung was drafted by OK Financial Group with the seventh pick in the second round last year. Due to the fact that he received less attention than his draft-motivated teammate Shin Shin-jin, he was mostly a bench player last season with two points in seven games. This time around, however, he started every game and averaged 8.6 points.