“Most of the players who have made it this far from our country have only made it to the G League,” he says. “I want to go beyond that and show everyone in India that we are not just meant for the G League but also meant for the NBA.” “He’s put out the dream,” says Akshay Kotenkar, the director of basketball operations at NBA Academy India. “He is literally clearing the pathway for a lot of players. … And there’s so much more for him to achieve in this adventure.”
“Basketball is the only thing he talks,” Kotenkar says. “And he just goes around putting smiles on people’s faces.” Shaw has noticed Singh’s shooting range increase and seen improvement in his screen-setting, rebounding and defensive prowess around the rim. The 6′ 10″ center admits that while he used to think some of his international competitions were physical, he’s experienced a whole new level of physicality with Ignite, practicing not just against fellow prospects but NBA veterans like Johnson, Donta Hall and Jarrett Jack. “He’s not going to back down from anybody,” Shaw says.
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.
“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.”
The Indian basketball community was in for a treat last night. Between 7 to 9 pm IST on Wednesday, 3rd June 2020, Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach Taylor Jenkins conducted a historic first-ever webinar with basketball coaches from across the Indian sub-continent.
“I can’t wait to come to India and demonstrate this in person,” Coach Jenkins said, during the two hour-long session that had questions constantly pouring in from grassroots coaches, NBA fans and players that even included the current captain of Nepal’s Men’s team, and a former player of the Bangladesh Men’s team.