November 22, 2011
India’s National Coach Kenny Natt to host Junior Basketball Expo in Delhi
IMPORTANT UPDATE (Wed, Nov. 23): THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED FOR TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29th, 2011. THE VENUE WILL BE CONFIRMED SOON.
Kenny Natt, the American head coach of India’s Senior Men’s Basketball team, will be hosting a Basketball Federation of India (BFI) Junior (U18) Expo at the Sri Ram College of Commerce (SRCC) basketball court in New Delhi on Tuesday, November 29th from 9 AM. Natt is inviting school kids from across the city to attend an open ‘Youth Basketball Camp’ with India’s best U18 basketball players. The camp will be followed by a skills challenge amongst the U18 stars and an ‘All Star Game’ of the best Junior players in India.
Delhi school-kids under the age of 18 are invited to take part in the Youth Basketball Camp with Natt and India's Junior players from 9 AM on Tuesday.
Natt, formerly head coach of the National Basketball Association (NBA) in the USA, has been serving as the head coach of India’s Men’s squad for the past five months. He led the team to the 2011 FIBA Asia Championship in Wuhan, China, earlier this year.
Following the Junior National Championship in New Delhi in July, Natt picked around 30 of the best young basketball players from across India to take part in a National Coaching Camp with him in Delhi over the month of November. The showcase on Tuesday will serve as a type of exposure and evaluation camp for these probables for Natt to recruit players for India’s Senior Men’s side.
“I will be observing the future talent and observing their skill level at this showcase,” Natt said, “The event will be like an NBA combine, featuring a lot of basketball drills, practice, and fun!”
Natt has extended an open invitation to basketball loving children from High Schools and Junior Schools from across the city to attend a ‘Youth Basketball Camp’ with India’s Junior probable. The Junior players will help out in the Youth Camp to instruct basketball fundamentals and drills to the local school kids.
The Mini Camp will be followed by several Basketball Competitions for the Junior probables, including a Skills Challenge, Three-Point Shooting Contest, and a Shooting Medley Contest.
The last event of the day will be an All Star Game pitting the best Junior probable of India against each other.
An Awards Ceremony will follow to reward players for their performances in the earlier camps, challenges, and All Star Game.
“The BFI is always looking to expose the game of basketball and generating as much interest for it as possible,” said Natt, “We want people in India to realise that basketball is a fun and competitive sport. The future of the game is very bright. Hopefully this event will generate more interest for the game. I will look forward to organising more such events in the future in other parts of the country.”
2011 BFI Junior Basketball Expo
Hosted by: Coach Kenny Natt, head coach of the Indian Senior Men’s Basketball team and former NBA head coach.
Date: Tuesday, November 29th.
Time: 9 AM onwards (approx. 4-5 hours)
The camp will feature India's Junior (U18) probables
Order of Events:
Youth Basketball Camp/Training Session
Three-Point Shooting Contest
Medley Shooting Contest
Junior Expo All Star Game