Women’s professional basketball’s Yongin Samsung Life is a fun team to watch for its “nurturing generational change. While the team doesn’t have any of the league’s biggest stars, they do have some up-and-comers who have developed over the course of the season. One who has made her presence felt early in the 2022-23 season is guard Shin Isul (23-1, 70 centimeters).
Shin scored the game-winning basket with three seconds left in regulation against Bucheon Hana OneQ in the home opener on Nov. 6, giving the team a thrilling 67-66 one-point victory. In that game, she scored 12 points and dished out seven assists.
Shin is a sixth-year pro guard who made his debut in the 2018-19 season. He saw little playing time in his first two or three seasons, but as the team actively rebuilt, he gradually got more opportunities. In February of last year, she was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Futures League (second division) for the second time in her career, showing that she has what it takes to be the next great guard.
Last season, he got more opportunities. When Samsung Life’s starting guard lineup of Lee Ju-yeon and Kiana Smith went down with injuries midway through the season, Shin stepped up to the plate and stepped up her game. Last season, she won the fourth-round player of the year award.
This season, she stands out even more. Not only because of her skills, but also because of her dyed-blonde hair, which is the first thing that attracts the attention of spectators. “I didn’t dye my hair with any special meaning,” Shin said, but she laughed, “Coach Im told me that she had the same haircut when she was a player, and I wanted to be inspired by her.” Coach Im is a legendary point guard in women’s basketball who represented Samsung Life. 보스토토 도메인
Samsung Life is without Yoon, who tore her ACL last season, and Kiana Smith, who tore her patella tendon, and won’t be back until the second round this season. In addition, Samsung Life’s ace big man Bae Hye-yoon, the centerpiece of the team, has been sidelined with a nagging knee injury.
Under these difficult circumstances, Shin played a big role in securing the home opener victory, saying, “We played more two-man games. I’m confident in playing two-on-two, so I’m going to be more aggressive,” he said of his offense. “But above all, I will focus on doing the dirty work for the team,” he emphasized.