Korean American College Basketball Star Honored
D-Bo , Jan. 28, 2014, 10:49 a.m.
Korean American Eun Jung Lee Ok or E.J. Ok was honored by the University of Louisiana as they retire her jersey and will hang it next to men’s basketball great, Glynn Saulters. Ok was a three time All American point guard at the school, when it was called Northeast Louisiana University.
She first attended the school in 1982 and led her team to three NCAA tournaments. In her 1985 season, Ok took her team to the Final Four and ended the season number 2, according to the Associated Press basketball poll.
Ok was awarded Southland Conference Player of the Year all four years while attending NLU, and still hold a lot of records, including free throws made and total assists. She is second in school history in career points with 2,208. In 1985, she was featured in a Sports Illustrated article in which they referenced her as the Korean Magic Johnson.
After completing college, Ok played professional basketball for Italy and Sweden, eventually returning to LMU to coach the women’s basketball team. She is currently the assistant head coach at ULM. Her career has extended for 23 years at the University.
The ceremony was held on Saturday, where Ok was joined by her children, ULM’s head coach, Mona Martin, director Brian Wicktrom, and ULM President Dr. Nick Bruno. During her acceptance speech, Ok became emotional as she spoke of her coach, lInda Harper, who is currently hospitalized due to kidney issues.
The Korean American community is very fortunate to have a role model and heroine.