– Expanded Second-Year Program will see Top 24 Prospects Receive Scholarships and Training at NBA Academy India –
MUMBAI, Dec. 3, 2016 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the ACG Worldwide Group (ACG) announced today that ACG-NBA Jump, India’s national basketball talent search, will expand in the program’s second year. The 2016-17 ACG-NBA Jump program, which tipped off today in Mumbai, is the exclusive pathway to NBA Academy India, providing the top 24 prospects with scholarships and training at the recently announced elite basketball training center.
NBA Champion Shawn Marion attended the launch event at the Kalina University Indoor Basketball Court to encourage participation and share his knowledge of the game with the prospects.
“The ACG NBA Jump program, a feeder to NBA Academy India has potential and a great opportunity for all the kids here in India. I wish we had a similar setup when we grew up. But seriously in a country of billions this effort is like a small scratch. The kids here have some skills and their aggression is very impressive,” said NBA Champion Shawn Marion, who was here for the event.
“I wish I can be here for the entire program and see through the talent that comes through. I wish the participants in India make the most of the opportunity created by ACG and NBA. India has a bright future of basketball players.”
“Thanks to the continued support of ACG, this year’s ACG-NBA Jump program will reach and develop a larger pool of talent from across the country,” said NBA India Managing Director Yannick Colaco. “The top 24 prospects from this year’s program will have the opportunity to receive full scholarships and NBA-level coaching at NBA Academy India when it is scheduled to open in April. I encourage players between the ages of 13 and 17 to visit www.acgnbajump.com to learn more about India’s largest national basketball talent search to date.”
The 2016-17 ACG-NBA Jump program will include open tryouts in six cities (Chennai, Delhi, Kochi, Kolkata, Ludhiana, Mumbai) to determine the top 40 prospects who will advance to the next phase. The second phase of the program, a three-day national training camp, will culminate with the selection of the 24 prospects who will receive scholarships and training at NBA Academy India.
NBA Academy India will be an elite basketball training center in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) for the top prospects from throughout India. NBA Academy India, the first of its kind in the country and the NBA’s fifth elite training center globally, will be fully funded by the NBA and is planned to open in April 2017.
Palpreet Singh, the top prospect from the 2015-16 ACG-NBA Jump program, attended the 2016 NBA Development League (NBA D-League) National Tryout in the United States and was drafted by the Long Island Nets in the 2016 NBA D-League Draft.
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