July 5, 2016
The Women’s Korean Basketball League (WKBL) will hold their annual draft on July 14, 2016. The Korean League opened themselves to foreigners four years ago after banning outside players for several years. Unlike European leagues who work with individual player’s agents to negotiate and sign contracts, the Korean league holds a draft each year to select their foreigners. Foreign players have to submit applications to the league to be considered for the draft. The WKBL currently has six teams competing in the league. Coaches from each team were recently in the United States scouting out talent. Each team is allowed to have two foreign players with only one allowed on the court at a time. Teams are also allowed to sign players who have a parent or grandparent of Korean descent which allows them to play as a Korean and not a foreigner. The league has become more popular over the years with this year’s draft having 123 applicants competing for 12 roster spots! 32 of the applicants currently play in the WNBA. The order in which the teams will select will be announced on the 11th of July. After a pretty embarrassing off-season for the Korean League after it was determined that Chelsey Lee forged documents that allowed her to compete as a half Korean player, the league is ready to put those troubles behind them and move forward with the 2016-2017 WKBL season. The league usually begins their season during the first week of November.