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About The NBA Academy India

In May 2017, the NBA launched The NBA Academy India, an elite basketball training center at Jaypee Greens Integrated Sports Complex in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR). Twenty-two elite male prospects, who were selected following a three-month, nationwide basketball talent search, will receive scholarships and training at The NBA Academy India, the first of its kind in the country.

The NBA Academy India builds on the NBA’s existing basketball and youth development initiatives in India. The Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program has reached more than 6 million youth and trained more than 5,000 physical education instructors nationwide since its launch in 2013. On April 7, the NBA launched NBA Basketball School, a network of tuition-based basketball development programs around the world open to international male and female players ages 6-18. The first NBA Basketball School launched in Mumbai, India as part of a multiyear agreement with India On Track (IOT), one of India’s leading sports management, marketing and development companies. Additional NBA Basketball Schools will be launched in India and around the world in the coming months.

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

“The opening of our first academy in India is an important milestone in the NBA’s efforts to grow basketball in India and demonstrates our commitment to developing talent and shaping the game’s future here. These 21 young athletes and those who will attend this academy in the years to come will receive world-class coaching and training to help them fulfill their potential on and off the court.”
-Mark Tatum, NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer

“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. 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.”
-Brooks Meek, NBA Vice President of International Basketball Operations

Coaching Staff

Technical Director
Coach Ray Farrell has over 35 years of coaching experience, serving as an assistant and head coach at multiple American colleges, including the UNLV, Cleveland State University and Villanova University. His coaching experience also goes beyond the collegiate level, as he served as the personal trainer and coach of former Dallas Maverick and New York Knick Rolando Blackman from 1988-1998. Coach Farrell also has extensive international coaching experience, conducting basketball camps in Iraq, Mexico, Panama, Spain, Germany, Haiti and the Bahamas.
Player Development Coach
After a college career in the US, Coach Jacques Vandescure played professional in Belgium and was also a member of the U16, U18 and U22 Belgian National Teams. Since retiring as a player, Coach Vandescure has held numerous coaching, scouting, and operations roles for organizations around the world, including the San Antonio Spurs, the Basketball Federation of Rwanda, SEED Project in Senegal, and the Center for Global Sports Development in Rwanda. He has also assisted with multiple NBA Basketball Without Borders camps.
Strength and Conditioning Coach
Coach Todd Gates is an accredited and certified strength and conditioning coach. He has extensive experience training multiple different sports, including roles at Boston College, the University of Massachusetts-Boston, and Rutgers University. Before joining NBA Academy India, Coach Gates spent four years as the strength and conditioning coach at Velocity Sports Performance in New York City.
Global Technical Director, Women’s Program
Coach Jennifer Azzi oversees all regions of the NBA Academy Women’s initiative. A former WNBA player (1999-2004), USA National Team Player (1988-2000), two-time NCAA All-American and Olympic Gold Medalist (1996), Jennifer has an abundance of basketball experience on the court and as a coach on the sidelines. The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame inductee (2009) led the University of San Francisco women’s basketball program from 2010-2016.
Global Technical Director, Women's Program
Coach Blair Hardiek oversees all regions of The NBA Academies Women’s initiative. A former point guard and captain for the University of Missouri women’s basketball team, Blair served as the associate head coach at the University of San Francisco and helped lead the team to a West Coast Conference Championship in 2016. Blair’s playing and coaching experience will drive the scouting and talent development initiatives of The NBA Academy Women’s Program.

Current Roster

Player Name Position Country of Origin Age Height
MOHAMED ALI g India 13 6’1
ROBIN BANERJEE g India 14 6’3
RAJVEER BHATI g India 15 6’2
VIVEK CHAUHAN g India 17 5’11
VIRAT DHAKAD g India 13 6’1
RISHABH JAISWAL g India 15 5’8
SHAURYA KOHLI g India 16 5’11
ARVIND KUMAR g India 17 6’2
SEJIN MATHEW g India 18 6’5
RIYANSHU NEGI g India 15 6’2
PRESHIT PAWAR g India 17 6’3
SURAJ PHATHAK g India 17 5’11
PRASHANT RAWAT g India 17 6’6
AMAAN SANDHU f/c India 15 6’8
M SHANMUGAM g India 17 5’11
PARTH SHARMA f India 17 6’8
JAGSHAANBIR SINGH f/c India 17 6’9
PRINCEPAL SINGH f/c India 17 6'8
MANOJ SISODIYA g India 17 5’10
BRIJESH TIWARI g India 15 6’1

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