In­dia to be site of league elite train­ing cen­ter

Kuwait Times - - SPORTS -

An elite NBA Academy train­ing cen­ter for In­dia’s top male and fe­male play­ers will open next April near Delhi, the league an­nounced Tues­day.

The academy will be the fifth of its kind in the world, fol­low­ing three in China and an­other in Aus­tralia. The NBA will con­duct a na­tional scout­ing pro­gram start­ing later this month to iden­tify the in­au­gu­ral pool of 24 elite prospects who will train at the academy, with se­lec­tions to be made by next Fe­bru­ary.

“The NBA re­mains com­mit­ted to grow­ing the game in In­dia, and the launch of NBA Academy In­dia marks our most sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment in bas­ket­ball de­vel­op­ment in the mar­ket,” said Brooks Meek, NBA Vice Pres­i­dent of In­ter­na­tional Bas­ket­ball Oper­a­tions.

“This academy will pro­vide the top male and fe­male prospects in In­dia with world-class coach­ing and train­ing, as well as aca­demic sup­port and an em­pha­sis on life skills.”

Each cen­ter will fea­ture un­der-18 and un­der-16 teams, with travel sides se­lected for in­ter­na­tional events. Prospects will have NBA-level coach­ing, fa­cil­i­ties and com­pe­ti­tion and a global net­work to max­i­mize achieve­ment pos­si­bil­i­ties as well as de­vel­op­ment of ed­u­ca­tion, lead­er­ship and char­ac­ter skills off the court.

“NBA Academy In­dia will help us iden­tify and de­velop elite home­grown prospects and shape the next gen­er­a­tion of na­tional play­ers,”said NBA In­dia Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Yan­nick Co­laco.

“Youth bas­ket­ball play­ers in In­dia have had re­lat­able fig­ures to look up to in Sim Bhullar and Sat­nam Singh, and now NBA Academy In­dia will give them a plat­form to pre­pare for the op­por­tu­nity to de­velop into a pro­fes­sional-level prospect.”

Ex­ist­ing NBA grass­roots pro­grams en­gaged more than 12 mil­lion youth world­wide this past sea­son. ACG-NBA Jump, In­dia’s first na­tional bas­ket­ball tal­ent search pro­gram, de­buted last year and of­fered a chance to at­tend try­outs for the NBA De­vel­op­ment League. — AFP

NEW YORK: New York Knicks guard Der­rick Rose (25) goes to the bas­ket past Port­land Trail Blaz­ers guard C.J. McCol­lum (3), guard Damian Lil­lard (0) and for­ward Mau­rice Hark­less (4) dur­ing the se­cond half of an NBA bas­ket­ball game, Tues­day, at Madison Square Gar­den in New York. The Knicks won 107-103. — AP

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