There is a 'Wall of Fame' at the Ludhiana Basketball Academy (LBA) at the Punjabi city's Guru Nanak Indoor Stadium, featuring photographs of some of the greatest basketball products of the academy and the coaches or patrons who helped the success from above. The Wall features faces of the legendary late LBA coach Dr S Subramanian and former late Basketball Federation of India (BFI) CEO Harish Sharma over the faces of LBA talents of the past, present, and future, including Palpreet Singh, Amjyot Singh, Jagdeep Singh Bains, Ranbir Chopra, and Satnam Singh. Every new basketball prospect that enters the arena remains close to the watchful gaze of these legends and is only an inspired moment away from following in their footsteps.
The hosts Punjab's boys team will step out to the tournament with heavy expectations: they are the tournament's reigning champions after clinching the title last year in Kochi and will have the advantage of home court and passionate home fans behind them this year. 2013 winners and 2014 runners-up Delhi will look to give Punjab a run for their money again, while Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra will also field strong squads. In the girls' division, Chhattisgarh will look to make it three wins in three years, but will have to fend strong opponents like Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, and hosts Punjab.
2015 Junior Nationals Participating Teams
- Group A: Punjab, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka.
- Group B: Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh.
- Group C: Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir.
- Group D: Odisha, Gujarat, Puducherry.
- Group E: Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Telangana, West Bengal.
- Group F: Chandigarh, Bihar, Tripura, Uttarakhand.
- Group A: Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Karnataka, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh.
- Group B: Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Haryana, West Bengal.
- Group C: Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh.
- Group D: Rajasthan, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir.
- Group E: Odisha, Chandigarh, Puducherry, Uttarakhand.
- Group F: Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Telangana, Tripura.
The boys' division saw two athletic squads - Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka - give the fans something to cheer for. MP's Mithun (18) and Karnataka's Karthikh (19) went head to head in an exciting game. After leading by one at the beginning of the fourth quarter, MP finally pulled away in the end and won 58-50. In another boys' clash, Tamil Nadu showcased their offensive firepower to blow out Kerala 80-59. R. Hari Ram and A. Surya each scored 23 for TN who held an 11 point lead at halftime and found themselves up by 20 in the third before taking their feet off the pedal a little as the game ended.
Selected Opening Day Scores Girls
- Uttar Pradesh (Shreyasi 18) bt Haryana (Bharti 15, Surya 14) 56-47 (13-15, 20-6, 8-15, 15-11).
- Kerala (Nivyaraj PP 14) bt West Bengal 59-15 (17-4, 18-3, 12-4, 12-4).
- Goa bt Jammu and Kashmir 36-16 (5-4, 14-4, 10-4, 9-4).
- Madhya Pradesh (Mithun 18, Ashish 13) bt Karnataka (Karthikh 19) 58-50 (8-11, 16-11, 14-15, 20-13).
- Tamil Nadu (R. Hari Ram 23, A. Surya 23, P. Baladhaneshwar 14) bt Kerala 80-59 (25-16, 18-16, 22-11, 15-16).
- Haryana (Naveen 17, Deepak 15) bt Andhra Pradesh (S. Harsha Reddy 17) 89-38 (29-14, 23-0, 26-9, 11-15).