Video: Manny Sahota, Punjabi basketball prodigy

Manny Sahota

Nearly a month ago, I got an e-mail from Manvinder ‘Manny’ Sahota, born in the village of Arjanwal near Jalandhar in Punjab 18 years ago, but moved to live in Canada in 1999. The youngster blossomed into a basketball phenom, and performed exceptionally for his high school St. Marguerite d’Youville in Brampton.

Manny Sahota

The 6 foot 6 small forward was named as part of the ’09-10 Toronto Regional High School Basketball Boys All-Star team, averaging 20 points, 10 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 blocks for the season. He has professed his dream to one day represent the Indian National team, the Young Cagers. For now, he’s been recruited on a full basketball scholarship to theCornell University in Ithica, New York where he will have a chance to play Division 1 basketball in the NCAA.

Here’s a mixtape of Manny’s highlights from the past season – let’s wish this Arjanwali boy the best for the rest of his career. As I watched this video, I saw how he tore apart every silly stereotype about Indians not being athletically good enough to play basketball at a high level – with the right diet and fitness regime, there is no doubt that more Mannys can be discovered amongst the thousands of keen ballers back home in India.

Edited by Staff Editor
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