UBA signs 30 top Indian hoopsters
New Delhi, Nov 14 (PTI) Former NBA draft pick Satnam Singh are among the 30 standout Indian players signed by the United Basketball Alliance (UBA) in multi-year contracts.
"I still remember the day I signed my first professional contract in the NBA," said former LA Laker AC Green, the UBA's Director of Sport.
"It left a huge impression on my life. Now these players get to experience that same feeling that I once had upon signing my first contract. We are excited about our upcoming season and the future of Indian basketball."
The duration of the contracts range from 3 to 5 years, for a combined total of more than Rs 16 crore.
In addition to being the first multi-year contracts in the Indian basketball history, the signed players will also receive basketball and fitness training from top experts in the USA, along with nutritional guidance to help them maximise their potential.
The list of players signed includes the best players in India like Satnam Singh (first Indian drafted in the NBA) and several others who are currently representing India at the international level.
Standout international players include Palpreet Brar of Bengaluru Beast (first Indian to have been drafted by an NBA G-League Team), Jagdeep Singh Bains of Mumbai Challengers (has captained India and is mentor to Satnam Singh), Rikin Pethani of the Chennai Slam (represented India at FIBA Asia Cup in 2016 and 2017) and Yadwinder Singh of Haryana Gold (veteran Indian team star).
The list also includes stars who represented India in the recently concluded FIBA Asia Cup 2017, such as Muin Bek and Anil Kumar of Delhi Capitals and Prasanna Venkatesh of Mumbai Challengers