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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 Scott Flemming brings significant coaching experience at all levels to the NBA Academy India. Scott had a successful career coaching at numerous levels in the college ranks, winning over 400 games and earning two National Coach of the Year awards (NAIA in 1998 and NCCAA in 2000). In addition to the college level, Scott coached for the Texas Legends, the G-League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks where he coached five former first round picks. Perhaps most relevant, Scott has served as the Indian Men’s National Team head coach and the senior director of basketball operations for NBA India. Coach Flemming is a staple in the development of basketball in India.
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.
Player Development Coach
Coach Ronald Cass is an elite player development coach with many years of experience training players from their early teens up to the professional ranks. He served as the technical director of basketball operations in Shenzhen, China for two years prior to joining the NBA Academy India coaching staff, and has developed players at camps and clinics all over the globe including numerous Basketball Without Borders camps.

Current Roster

Player Name Position Country of Origin Age Height
MOHAMED ALI g India 14 6’1
ROBIN BANERJEE g India 15 6’3
VIVEK CHAUHAN g India 19 5’11
HARSH DAGAR g India 14 6'2
VIRAT DHAKAD g India 14 6’1
RISHABH JAISWAL g India 16 5’8
ABHI JOSHI f India 15 6'5
SHAURYA KOHLI g India 17 5’11
ARVIND KUMAR g India 19 6’2
RIYANSHU NEGI g India 17 6’2
PRESHIT PAWAR g India 18 6’3
PRANAV PRINCE g India 16 6'3
AMAAN SANDHU f/c India 16 6’8
PARTH SHARMA f India 19 6’8
JAGSHAANBIR SINGH f/c India 18 6’9
LOKENDRA SINGH g India 14 6'1
MANOJ SISODIYA g India 19 5’10
BRIJESH TIWARI g India 16 6’1

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