7-footer Satnam gets drafted into NBA basketball

United States | 26 June 2015 | Asia Samachar 


Everything you need to know about Satnam Singh, the NBA Draft’s most fascinating prospect.

That was headline of a basketball story that ran today at SB Nation, a sports website under the US-based Vox Media.

“Singh is not quite ready for the NBA yet and might not be for a few years, but he’s a rare combination of size and talent at 19 years old,” goes the story.

National Basketball Association (NBA) is a popular men’s professional basketball league in North America and widely considered to be the premier men’s professional basketball league in the world. It has 30 franchised member clubs (29 in the US and 1 in Canada).

The 7’2 player has been drafted by Dallas Mavericks.

It adds: “Celtics director of player personnel Austin Ainge called him an ‘international man of mystery.’ There’s not really much tape on him. He’s spent the last five years playing at the IMG Academy in Florida, but he’s the first player since the NBA put age restrictions in place in 2005 to enter the league without first playing in college, a professional foreign league or the D-League.

But the potential Singh holds was more than enough for Dallas to take a shot on him in the draft.”

Singh was born in Ballo Ke, a village in Punjab with just 700 inhabitants. They nicknamed him “Chhotu” — Punjabi for ‘Little One’. There were no basketball courts there — his dad’s wheat farm is 4 miles from the nearest paved road —  so he was sent off to a basketball academy at age 12. But the basketball infrastructure wasn’t ideal.

NBA players are said to be the world’s best paid sportsmen, by average annual salary per player.

Read the full story here.

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