India's Youth (under-16) basketball squad will be amongst 14 young teams from across Asia participating in the 3rd FIBA Asia U16 Basketball Championship for Boys, set to be held in Tehran (Iran) from September 25 - October 4. China, who have won gold in the past two editions of this biyearly tournament, will be once again defending their title. India will hope to improve on their back-to-back 10th place finishes in the past two tournaments.
India qualified for this championship by defeating Maldives, Nepal, and Bangladesh to win the SABA Qualifiers in Dhaka. The 3rd U16 FIBA ABC is the qualifying tournament for the FIBA U17 World Championship. After concluding their 2nd training camp at the SAI in NSWC Gandhinagar, Gujarat, the U16 Boys headed to the city of Dongguan in China for a training/preparation camp from September 15-22, 2013. They stayed at the NBA/CBA's Basketball School in Dongguan and played exhibition games against various Chinese teams.
Here is India's 12-man roster for the 3rd U16 FIBA Asia Championship, unchanged from the squad that practiced in Dongguan:
- Mahipal Singh (Rajasthan)
- Akhilesh Kumar (Rajasthan)
- Yogesh Kaneriya (Rajasthan)
- Prabhnoor Singh (Punjab)
- Rahul Mehta (Punjab)
- Jaipal Singh (Punjab)
- Ashish Briggs (Madhya Pradesh)
- Vishal Kumar Gupta (Delhi)
- Sunil (Delhi)
- Mithun Das (Chhattisgarh)
- Erash Hooda (Karnataka)
- Arjun Pandit (Delhi)
- Head Coach: Tritesh Guha
- Coach: Raghuvendra Singh Gaur
- Group A: Bahrain, China, Hong Kong, Syria.
- Group B: Iran, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand.
- Group B: India, Japan, Jordan.
- Group B: Chinese Taipei, Kazakhstan, Philippines.
- September 25 - 5 PM India vs. Jordan.
- September 27 - 5 PM India vs. Japan.
India will hope to defeat the team from Jordan in their first game. Their second opponents are 2011 bronze-medalists Japan, and India will be heavy underdogs in this matchup. If they are able to get a win in the Preliminary Round and get spring a surprise against an opponent in the Second (most likely: Kazakhstan), they could be within sight of a first-ever Quarter-Final spot.