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Posted at: Nov 23, 2015, 1:17 AM; last updated: Nov 23, 2015, 1:10 AM (IST)

NBA comes hunting for talent in city

About India's first talent-search programme

  • The programme will be divided into three phases. In the first phase, six regional, one-day elite camps will be held in cities: Delhi, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata besides Ludhiana. The second phase would consist of a national elite training camp where 32 players selected from these regional camps would assemble for a four-day training period. In the third and final phase, one top player from the national elite training camp would be selected to attend the NBA D-League National Tryout in the United States for the opportunity to earn a spot on an NBA D-League roster. The selected player would continue to undergo training until the tryout in June 2016.
NBA comes hunting for talent in city
Yannick Colaco, NBA India Managing Director, interacts with basketball players in Ludhiana. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, November 22

The second leg of India’s first national basketball talent search programme — the ACG-NBA Jump — was held at Guru Nanak Stadium here yesterday. Satnam Singh, a trainee of the Ludhiana Basketball Academy and the first Indian-born player to be drafted into the NBA, had tipped-off the programme in Delhi last month.

As part of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and ACG Worldwide Group’s endeavor to make the gane popular in India, the programme, would provide basketball players from around the country the opportunity to develop their skills.

NBA India Managing Director, Yannick Colaco, said: “One top player from the ACG-NBA Jump programme will get an opportunity to attend an NBA Development League (NBA D-League) tryout in the United States. This programme is the next step in our continued commitment to grow the game of basketball in India.”

“With Sim Bhullar becoming the first player of Indian descent to play in the NBA and Satnam Singh becoming the first Indian-born player to be drafted into the NBA, basketball playing youth in India have now relatable figures to look up to, and this programme will give them the opportunity of a direct route to professional ranks,” he said.

Karan Singh, Director, ACG, who accompanied Yannick, said the goal of the programme was to identify and hone untapped talent pool of basketball in India.

“We strongly believed that our partnership with NBA can create a solid platform for aspirants who are talented but do not have access to such platforms,” he said.

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