Princepal Singh selected for NBA G League
Another feather in the cap of Ludhiana Basketball Academy
Ludhiana: Ludhiana Basketball Association(LBA) which is run under the aegis of Punjab Basketball Association (PBA) and Basketball Federation of Indian(BFI) got a big shot in the arm when news came today from NBA about s LBA groomed Princepal Singh having found a place to play in D league of NBA .The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a premier American men’s professional basketball league which was founded in 1946. NBA players are the world's best paid athletes by average annual salary per player.
PBA general secretary, Mr. Teja Singh Dhaliwal who is also overseeing the affairs of Ludhiana Basketball Accedemy informed that Princepal Singh is the 4th such player from LBA who has found place in NBA .Other players selected from this academy are Satnam Singh Bhamra,Palpreet Singh Barar and Amyjot Singh Gill .NBA so far has selected players from Ludhiana’s soil only .Mr. R S Gill , president of PBA congratulated the organizers and coaches at LBA for their players' selection. Yurinder S.Hayer ,Sr Vice President ,MS Bhullar VP and other functionaries of PBA Darshan Singh Saandhu,Balkar Singh Barar and Vijay Chopra also speak high of these players and coaches. Mr J P Singh , Sukjbir Dhaliwal and Brij Goyal of District basketball association also rejoiced.
The message received by LBA from NBA reads as under:
NBA Academy graduate Princepal Singh, a 6-10 forward from Punjab, India, has signed to play in the NBA G League next season, it was announced today by NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim. Singh, who will train and compete alongside the new G League team featuring elite youth prospects, is the first NBA Academy graduate to sign with the NBA G League and first NBA Academy India graduate to sign a professional contract.Singh, who started playing basketball at the Ludhiana Basketball Academy, joined The NBA Academy India in 2017, an elite basketball training center in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) for the top prospects from throughout India, as part of the academy’s inaugural class of student-athletes identified through the ACG-NBA Jump Program. In November 2018, Singh transitioned to The NBA Global Academy – the league’s hub for top male and female prospects from outside the U.S. – in Canberra, Australia, where he continued his development before graduating this spring.
“We are thrilled to be able to offer Princepal the opportunity to begin his professional basketball journey in the NBA G League,” said Abdur-Rahim. “We’ve long hoped that our development pathway for elite high school players would include roster spots for emerging international talent, including players who have participated in the NBA Academy program, and we’re excited to have Princepal forge this new path and develop his skills in our league.”
“We are very proud of Princepal, who has worked extremely hard to earn this opportunity as he continues to be a trailblazer for the NBA Academy program and basketball in India,” said NBA Vice President, Head of International Basketball Development Troy Justice. “Playing in the NBA G League alongside some of the most talented up-and-coming players and under the tutelage of head coach Brian Shaw will allow Princepal to build on the foundation and framework he developed under an incredible staff of NBA Academy coaches in India and Australia over the last several years.”
Throughout his time in the NBA Academy program, Singh participated in several high-profile international basketball events, including Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Asia 2018, BWB Global 2018 and the NBA Global Camp 2018. He also represented India in international competitions as part of the Indian Men’s Senior National Team.