From Ludhiana To The NBA? The Punjabi Talent That Is Turning Heads


Dreams about becoming a volleyball star have now given way to the lure of the bright lights of the NBA for Princepal Singh. Princepal Singh hails from the Ludhiana Basketball Academy, which is the same academy that Satnam Singh came from on his journey to becoming the first Punjabi to get drafted in the NBA..

The journey proved to be a tricky one for Satnam, but his journey may well prove to be a huge learning curve for Princepal Singh.

Singh displayed his talents at an open trial at the Delhi Public School in Rajnandgaon, Chattisgarh and quickly turned heads from the organizers and scouts present, reports NBA India.

Dermot Russell, who works with Players1st sports management and is a certified FIBA agent believes Princepal is on the verge of being the next Indian hoops phenomenon saying, “Prince looks set to make a difference to Indian basketball, only difference is that standing at 6’11’ at 15 years old and having the level of athleticism he has, the likelihood he will reach 7’0”+ in addition to the opportunity to train at Spire academy, he is likely to sign with a Top 25 NCAA program in 3 years time, and my prediction is that he could potentially be an NBA draft pick should he seize the opportunity that he is currently been given, for Prince, the hard work starts now.”

For the next two years, Princepal will be harness his talents at the NBA Global Academy at the Australian Institute of Sport. Singh will be surrounded with world-class facilities and talent from countries such as Nigeria, South Korea, China, and Egypt, reports NBA India.

As Singh makes progress in the game of basketball, he also is beginning to develop his English skills as well. A positive in being in Australia is the large Punjabi community who recognize him and embrace his talents. Singh says “In Australia, Punjabis run into me on the street and like to click pictures with me. They appreciate that I am making Punjab and India proud.”

If Singh does find his way to the NCAA and NBA, one thing’s for sure, he’ll have no shortage of support from Punjabi’s across the globe.


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