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NBA Restarts Program in India to Identify Basketball Talent

NBA Restarts Program in India to Identify Basketball Talent

NEW DELHI, (IANS) – The National Basketball Association and ACG, a pharma manufacturing solutions company, on May 18 announced the return of ACG-NBA Jump, a basketball scouting program that provides aspiring players from India with a platform to showcase their skills.

The program was first launched in 2015. Palpreet Singh, the top prospect from the inaugural edition, attended the 2016 NBA G League National Tryout in the US and was subsequently drafted by the Long Island Nets in the 2016 NBA G League Draft.

NBA Academy India opened in 2017 and has seen 20 graduates earn scholarships to prep schools and junior colleges in the US or sign professional contracts, including Principal Singh, who became the first NBA Academy graduate to sign with the NBA G League and the first player from India to win an NBA Summer League Championship.

The 2022 edition, happening for the first here since the Covid-19 outbreak, will begin from May 21 at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium here and will visit cities like Kottayam, Ludhiana, Mumbai, and Kolkata.

“The program has been instrumental in identifying aspiring players and giving them the resources to maximize their potential,” said NBA Academy India technical director Scott Fleming.

The program was first launched in 2015. Palpreet Singh, the top prospect from the inaugural edition, attended the 2016 NBA G League National Tryout in the US and was subsequently drafted by the Long Island Nets in the 2016 NBA G League Draft.

NBA Academy India opened in 2017 and has seen 20 graduates earn scholarships to prep schools and junior colleges in the US or sign professional contracts, including Principal Singh, who became the first NBA Academy graduate to sign with the NBA G League and the first player from India to win an NBA Summer League Championship.

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