Basketball and India
After receiving over 300 entries from over 50 countries, the search for the 2021 NBA Academy Women’s Virtual Program list ended with the announcement.
Late July 7 (IST), the NBA Academy announced its roster of 50 women across five regions – Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe and the Middle East, and the Americas.
The program aims to help these young hopefuls, all aged 14 to 17, develop their skills on and off the court, which could help them build a future with basketball. Not to mention the fact that being named to the roster includes a possible invitation to an in-person event later this year.
Who are the Indians in the 2021 NBA Academy Women’s Virtual Program?
On the list of 50 people announced, six are from Asia, including five from India – Shomira Bidaye, Yashneet Kaur, Kavya Singla, Sunishka Karthik and Parnika Srivastava.
Almost every one of the girls mentioned already has a connection or history with the NBA.
Shomira, from Nagpur, Maharashtra, first made a name for himself in August 2019.
As a member of the Indian Girls Team, she stood out by being among the team’s top performers at the Jr. NBA Global Championship which was held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort. near Orlando.
Later that year, in October, she was invited to the NBA Academy India Third Women’s Camp in Mumbai, which was held during the historic NBA India Games week.
Sunishka, a native of Bengaluru, Karnataka, first made his mark in the NBA Reliance Foudation Jr. National Championship by being part of the Bangalore winning team.
This helped her secure a selection to the 18 roster for the very first NBA Academy India women’s camp in May 2018. A few months later, she represented India at the 2018 edition of the NBA Jr. Global Championship and also won the Community Assist award.
Also a participant in the Basketball Without Borders Asia Camp 2018, which was held in India, Sunishka was also part of the second NBA Academy India Women’s Camp which was held in January 2019.
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Later that year, in August 2019, she enlisted at Woodside Priory High School in California. She also recently attended, as a special guest, in an episode of the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA 2021 Virtual Schedule (Week 11) alongside WNBA veteran Ebony Hoffman.
Yashneet Kaur is the younger sister of emerging Indian female star Harsimran Kaur – MVP of the last NBA Academy India women’s camp in October 2019, a former Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in 2020 and Camp Asia in 2019.
Harsimran, who is currently in the United States after committing to the University of San Diego as part of the 2025 class, is also the only NBA Academy camper to have been invited to the NBA Global Academy for a program. of development.
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