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Ha Seung-Jin
Center
Born August 4, 1985 (1985-08-04) (age 24)
Seoul, South Korea
Nationality South Korean
Listed height 7 ft 3 in (2.21 m)
Listed weight 305 lb (138 kg)
College Yonsei University
Draft 2nd round, 46th overall, 2004
Portland Trail Blazers
Pro career 2004–present
Former teams Portland Reign (2004)
Portland Trail Blazers (2004–2006)
Fort Worth Flyers (2006)
Anaheim Arsenal (2006-07)
Ha Seung-Jin
Hangul 하승진
Hanja 河昇鎮
Revised Romanization Ha Seung-jin
McCune–Reischauer Ha Sŭngjin

Ha Seung-Jin (born August 4, 1985 in Seoul) is a South Korean professional basketball player who has played in the NBA and the NBA D-League. He was a second round draft pick (46th overall) of the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2004 NBA Draft. At 7 ft 3 in, 305 lb, he was among the largest players in the NBA.

Before playing in the NBA, Ha played for Yonsei University and Samil Commercial School in South Korea. Ha arrived in Los Angeles, California, U.S. in 2004 to prepare himself for the 2004 NBA Draft. He played briefly with the Portland Reign of the ABA.[1] Ha joined the Blazers in the middle of the 2004-05 season. Ha rarely played in games; however, on April 20 against the Los Angeles Lakers, he scored a career high 13 points. During the 2005-06 season Ha was assigned to the NBA D-League's Fort Worth Flyers on March 28, 2006,[2] where he played for five games but did not make an impact. When fellow Blazer centers Theo Ratliff and Joel Przybilla were unable to play due to injury, Ha started four games, averaging 11 minutes playing time.

On July 31, 2006, Ha was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in a four-player deal.[3] On October 28 (prior to the start of the 2006-07 season[4]), he was waived by the Bucks.[5] He was acquired by the Anaheim Arsenal of the NBA Development League on December 31, 2006,[6] whom he spent time with.[4]

Ha is currently playing professional basketball in South Korea and is a member of the team KCC Jeonju which won the 2009 Korean Basketball League (KBL) championship.

Family

  • Ha's older sister, Ha Eun-Joo, is also a professional basketball player. A 6'8" center, she signed with Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA in February 6, 2006,[7] and was later waived in May 19, for failing to arrive in Los Angeles due to a conflicting contract with Chanson Cosmetics of the Japanese league.[8]

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Ha Seung-Jin was born in 1985 in Bucheon of Kyung Gi Do of Korea. He is the first Korean to play basketball in the NBA. His father was a member of the national basketball team and his older sister is a member of the national basketball team. His height was 2.18 m in middle school when he won the championship. Lots of universities wanted Seung-Jin to sign with their school. He decided to play for Yonsei University and won the university championship with them. He decided to go pro and signed with the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA.

His NBA career was short due to his low basic skills. So he decided to go back to Korea and enter the Korean Basketball League in 2008.








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