August 30, 2019

Indian basketball prospect Khushi Dongre signed to ASA College-Miami of the NJCAA

Another day, another bit of great news considering an Indian hoopers looking abroad as a student-athlete.

The latest to join the list is Khushi Dongre, a 5-foot-10 combo guard originally from Aurangabad in Maharashtra, who has been signed to play for the ASA College-Miami of the NJCAA (junior NCAA) Division 1. In recent years, the 18-year-old Dongre has played for India at the junior international stage and starred at the NBA Academy India's women's programme.

"Over the last couple of months of getting to know Khushi, she is always happy and so grateful for the opportunity to come here and play basketball in the USA," said Kevin Johnson, the head coach of ASA College-Miami Silverstorm team. "The meaning of her name means happiness and she definitely exemplifies happiness in her personality."

Dongre was most recently a part of India's U18 3x3 team that took part in the FIBA U18 Asia 3x3 Championship in Malaysia. Her contributions helped India make an impressive leap in the tournament to finish at 7th place. In the past, Dongre has played for Team India in the FIBA U16 Asia Women's Championship, where the team won Division B in Bengaluru. She participated in the NBA Academy India's women's programme in 2018 and 2019.

"It was such a blessing to be able to bring in a player from the NBA Academies Women's Program because we have the same vision in regards to helping our youth through the game of basketball," Johnson said. "We are so excited to have Khushi on our team and look forward to her bringing a high game IQ, shooting ability and great teamwork to our program."

Dongre will join the list of several other Indian women to make the leap to college basketball in North America, including Kavita Akula, Sanjana Ramesh, Vaishnavi Yadav, and Srishti Suren. According to a report by NBA India, she intends to major in Economics and Sports Management.


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