June 12, 2015

BFI announces Senior Men's basketball team probables and schedule for national coaching camp

With an eye forward at the 4th South Asian Basketball Championship and the 28th FIBA Asia Basketball Championship, the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) has announced the list of 24 senior national men's team probables for the upcoming national coaching camp, scheduled to be held at the Sri Kantaveera Stadium in Bengaluru (Karnataka) from June 15 to July 11. This is the first national coaching camp of the year organized by the BFI. India will also host the upcoming South Asian Basketball Association (SABA) Championship at the same venue in Bengaluru during the course of the national camp, from July 3-5.

Several Indian star players, such as Amjyot Singh, Amrit Pal Singh, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi, Pratham Singh, and Satnam Singh Bhamara have been invited for this camp. Out of the 24 players invited, Amjyot, Amrit Pal, and Satnam Singh may not attend the camp because of their professional basketball engagements abroad: Amjyot and Amrit Pal have signed summer league contracts with a team in the BJ League in Japan while Satnam is pursuing the NBA Draft in the hope to become the first Indian citizen in the NBA.

Here is the full list of probables invited for the national coaching camp:
  • Amjyot Singh (Tamil Nadu)
  • Amrit Pal Singh (Uttarakhand)
  • Akilan Pari (Tamil Nadu)
  • Joginder Singh (Services)
  • S. Prasanna Venkatesh (Tamil Nadu)
  • Pratham Singh (Tamil Nadu)
  • Rikin Pethani (Tamil Nadu)
  • Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (Uttarakhand)
  • Yadwinder Singh (Uttarakhand)
  • Narender Grewal (Service)
  • Himanshu Sharma (Haryana)
  • Vikash Sharma (Haryana)
  • Akashdeep Hazra (Indian Railways)
  • Arvind A. (Karnataka)
  • Rajesh Prakash Uppar (Karnataka)
  • Basil Phillip (Kerala)
  • Siddhant Shinde (Maharashtra)
  • Gurvinder Singh Gill (Punjab)
  • A. Arvind (Tamil Nadu)
  • Jeevanatham (Tamil Nadu)
  • Murli Krishnan (Uttarakhand)
  • Satnam Singh Bhamara (Punjab)
  • Vinay Kaushik (Gujarat)
  • Pravesh Rathee (Services)
It still hasn't been confirmed who will be the coach of India's Senior Men's Basketball team at the camp, since the former American coach Scott Flemming left the team last month.

The schedule of events at the National Coaching Camp at Sri Kantaveera Stadium in Bengaluru:
  • June 15-20: – National Coaching Camp for 24 probables.
  • June 19-20: Selection of Players for next Camp and 4th South Asian Basketball Championship.
  • June 21 - July 2: National Coaching Camp for 16 probables.
  • July 3-5: 4th South Asian Basketball Championship (Qualifying Round for 28th FIBA Asia Championship).
  • July 6-11: National Coaching Camp for 16 probables.
Last year's SABA Championship/Qualifiers were held in Kathmandu (Nepal) and won by India. This year, the teams playing at the SABA championship will be: India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka

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