Originally from Kerala, 6-5 forward Sejin Mathew (18) is one of the two dozen prospects at the NBA India Academy in Greater Noida. Last summer, Mathew was selected for the NBA Asia-Pacific Elite Camp in China and was part of India's under-18 squad for the 3x3 FIBA Asia Cup.
Like Mathew, Punjab's 6-9 forward Princepal Singh (16) is also part of the NBA Academy India. Princepal was also part of the NBA Asia-Pacific Elite Camp last year and been one of the rising forces in Indian basketball. Last year, he won the MVP award of the Youth Nationals for Punjab and was given the MVP award when he carried India to a gold medal at the 2017 U16 South Asian Basketball Championship.
According to a report by ESPN's Jonathan Givony, the attending prospects will get measured, undergo athletic testing, practice, scrimmage and conduct drills under the watchful eyes of representatives of all 30 NBA teams at the Los Angeles Lakers' practice facility. Participants will also attend daily seminars for life skills and take in the Rising Stars challenge, dunk contest, 3-point shootout and All-Star Game at Staples Center.
Other notable players attending the camp will include: Sekou Doumbouya (France), Luka Samanic (Croatia), Killian Hayes (France), N'Faly Dante (Mali), and Charles Bassey (Nigeria).
Last year, two Indian players - Priyanka Prabharaka and Aashay Verma - attended the Basketball Without Borders global camp in New Orleans.