Milestone in Indian basketball as UBA signs 30 top Indian players
Mumbai, 14thNovember, 2017: After signing former NBA draft pick, Satnam Singh, the United Basketball Alliance (UBA) is announcing the signing of 29 additional standout Indian players to multi-year contracts. With the fifth season of UBA on the horizon, the league has taken another giant step in deepening its commitment to the development of basketball in India. “I still remember the day I signed my first professional contract in the NBA,” says former L.A. Laker A.C. 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 thecontracts range from 3 to 5 years, for a combined total of more than Rs 16 crore. In addition tobeing the first multi-year contracts in the Indian basketball history, thesigned players will also receive basketball and fitness training from topexperts in the USA, along with nutritional guidance to help them maximize theirpotential.
The list of playerssigned includes the very best players in India like Satnam Singh (first Indiandrafted in the NBA) and several others who are currently representingIndia at the international level or have in the past. Standout internationaltalents like Palpreet Brar of Bengaluru Beast (first Indian to have beendrafted by an NBA G-League Team), Jagdeep Singh Bains of Mumbai Challengers(has captained India; mentor to Satnam Singh), Rikin Pethani of the Chennai Slam(represented India at FIBA Asia Cup in 2016 and 2017) and Yadwinder Singh ofHaryana Gold (veteran Indian team star) are some of the key players. The listalso includes stars who represented India in the recently concluded FIBA AsiaCup 2017, such as Muin Bek and Anil Kumar of Delhi Capitals and PrasannaVenkatesh of Mumbai Challengers.
UBA Director ofCoaching, Jody Basye says, “We have so many great players who have been waitingfor this opportunity. To finally get them under contract and in the gymevery day will be a huge boost to our league and the sport.”