Mumbai, Feb 9: ACG-NBA Jump, India's first national basketball talent search programme will enter its final phase where 32 players selected for the national camp will vie for that one spot to attend the NBA D-League National Tryout in the United States.
The national final, from February 22-25, 2016, marks the culmination of the 5-month programme that took place across 6 regions including Delhi, Ludhiana, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.
The 4-day camp to be held at the Jaypee Greens, Noida, will have 32 players selected from across the 6 regional camps. While the camp will serve as a selection process, its main activity will be to impart intensive coaching to this select group of players thus enriching the talent pool of the country.
Satnam Singh, the first Indian-born player to be drafted into the NBA, had got the programme off at the Thyagraj Sports Complex in Delhi on October 26.
As part of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and ACG Worldwide Group's (ACG) commitment to grow basketball in India, the first-of-its-kind program provided basketball players from around the country the opportunity to develop their skills under the guidance of NBA-certified coaches.
"ACG-NBA Jump has given basketball playing youth in India a pathway to professional ranks. We are committed to grow the program in the years to come," said NBA India Managing Director Yannick Colaco.
"While one out of the 32 players will get the big opportunity of a national tryout in the NBA D-League, the entire pool will be a part of Elite Talent Club and NBA will monitor their progress on a regular basis."
"Promotion of sports and youth development has always been a part of ACG's CSR vision and this programme is an important milestone towards realization of this vision," said ACG Director Karan Singh.
"The final pool of players represents the very goal of the programme that was to identify and hone the untapped talent pool of basketball in India. We strongly believe that our partnership with NBA to tap this potential and create a solid platform for the aspirants has found the right beginning. We are as excited as the 32 selected players and can't wait to see the final chosen one take off to the United States for the D-League National Tryout. "
The top player from the national elite training camp will 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 will continue to undergo training with NBA certified coaches in India up until the tryout in June 2016.
Sony SIX, the official broadcaster of the programme, will create a feature around ACG-NBA Jump, following the programme through its various stages and tracking the winner up until his NBA D-league tryout.
The NBA D-League is the NBA's official minor league, serving to develop players, coaches, and front office executives. Entering its 15th season, the NBA D-League features 19 teams in the US and Canada, each of which is singly-affiliated with an NBA parent club. An all-time high 38% of players on 2014-15 NBA end-of-season rosters had NBA D-League experience.
The list of players who have been selected
Ludhiana: Dildar Ravinder Singh, Jaipal Singh Maan, Anmol Gurdip Singh, Manjinder Singh, Anmoldeep Singh, Rajveer Singh
Delhi: Darshan, Jotish Joy, Himanshu Sharma, PalPreet Singh Brar, Arshpreet Singh, Sunil, Tushar Vijay, Vishal Kumar Gupta, Akimjeet S. Sohal, Rachit Prem Singh
Hyderabad: Ambati Prudhveshwar Reddy, Dinesh Kumar Mishra, Eswar Ambala, PV Nikhil Sai Kumar
Mumbai: Loveneet Singh, Samson Sandhu, Gaurav Chandel, Sanket Rajendra Kalbhor, Pranav Wagle
Chennai: Jeevanantham Pandi, Arjun Rajagopal, A Surya, S Vignesh, Vijay Pranav
Kolkata: Allen Saju Mattam, Sagar Dinesh Joshi, Manpreet Singh Grewal