Kim led the Koreans to a 3-2 record by averaging 18 points at 52 per cent and six rebounds in Group play, including 17 points against eventual gold medallists the USA.
But in the Quarter-Finals, the ‘China blues’ struck Kim - as they would six years later in Japan – going scoreless and picking up four fouls in 16 minutes.
Kim’s roller-coaster ride has continued ever since.
Despite being Korea’s third leading scorer as a 19-year old at the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women, and an integral part of her country’s FIBA Asia silver medal in 2009, the smooth-moving small forward continues to show cricks in her game.
Kim shot the ball at 33 per cent at the Beijing Olympics, played a minimal role in Korea’s 2007 FIBA Asia gold medal, and fouled out on a one-of-nine performance in the 2009 Final loss to China.
There is little doubt Kim is an outstanding talent. At 1.80m she has excellent size for a wing player, can shoot, pass, rebound, defend and excels going to the hole.
Scoring in double figures in senior internationals against the USA, Russia, China, Brazil and Argentina demonstrates clearly that Kim is world class.
If Korea are going to make up for their heartbreaking loss in this year’s FIBA Asia Final, however, they need Kim Jung Eun producing her best regularly and when it matters.
Given she is still only 24, there is every chance this young veteran will make that step at the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament for Women.