India’s Harsimran Kaur has been invited to participate in a multi-week training camp from Feb. 17 – March 3 at The NBA Global Academy at Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence in Canberra, Australia. This will be her second stint at the NBA Global Academy after attending a camp from Nov. 7 - 24, 2019, which made her the first prospect from the NBA Academies Women’s Program and the first female prospect from outside of Australia to attend The NBA Global Academy.
The 16-year-old will travel to Canberra from Chicago after attending the sixth annual Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global Camp, which was held Friday, Feb. 14 – Sunday, Feb. 16 at Quest Multisport as part of the NBA All-Star 2020. She was one of 64 prospects from more than 30 countries that participated in BWB Global as a part of NBA All-Star 2020.
Harsimran was named MVP at the third NBA Academies Women’s Program camp held in Mumbai from Oct. 2-5. The youth player from Punjab has represented India at multiple events, including the 3x3 Asian Championships held in Jakarta in August 2019. Harsimran was also one of four Indian girls invited to the first Next Generation program at the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Tampa this past April, competing against top USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team members. This was followed by her participation in Basketball Without Borders Asia in Tokyo the same summer.
The NBA Global Academy serves as the NBA’s hub for top prospects from outside the U.S. During her time in Canberra, Harsimran will participate in practices, three-on-three scrimmages and weight training sessions alongside top Australian prospects and under the guidance of coaches from the NBA Academy and Basketball Australia’s Centre of Excellence. BA’s Centre of Excellence is the premier training center and team for Australia’s top male and female basketball prospects. A number of current NBA and WNBA players previously trained at the Centre of Excellence, including Aron Baynes (Phoenix Suns), Liz Cambage (Las Vegas Aces), Matthew Dellavedova (Cleveland Cavaliers), Joe Ingles (Utah Jazz) and Dante Exum (Utah Jazz).
In addition to participating in basketball development activities designed to improve her skill set, shooting, and physical conditioning, she will also participate in life skills development focused on education, mental health and wellness, and nutrition.
“I am thrilled to go back to the NBA Global Academy in what will be yet another opportunity for me to sharpen my skills further. My first camp in November 2019 gave me a lot of insight on various aspects of my game and how I can improve. I expect this camp to help me find a clear pathway to make it to professional ranks,” said Harsimran Kaur.Published 17 Feb 2020, 17:27 IST