Basketball and India

2020 BWB Global Camp Alum Siya Deodhar commits to Life Prep Academy in Wichita

Siya Deodhar at BWB Asia 2019 in Tokyo

Late on Tuesday (August 11th), Siya Deodhar announced her commitment to play high school basketball at Life Prep Academy in Wichita, Kansas.

Since 2019, she would be the fourth Indian-born athlete to play high-school basketball in the United States after Asmat Kaur Taunque, Harsimran Kaur, and Ann Mary Zachariah.

Siya is set to become teammates with 16-year-old, 6'2" forward Ann Mary, who also announced her commitment to Life Prep Academy on July 29th.

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On to the next chapter in life 🥂 I'm glad to announce my commitment to Life prep academy I wouldn't be here without the love and support of my family,friends and my coaches! I would like to thank all the nba academy coaches who helped me reach this point ! Excited for what life holds for me in the future ✨ Special thanks to @blairehardiek and @nbaacademy for your endless support and faith

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Siya is one of only three girls to have attended all three NBA Academy India Women's camps so far (May 2018, Jan. 2019, Oct. 2019) and the only to have received an award in every camp.

In the first camp, she was named Most Improved Player. Then, in the next two camps, she bagged the 'Teammate Award'.

MORE: NBA.com's exclusive interview with Siya in July

Hailing from Nagpur, Siya's rise within the junior ranks has been well documented by her selection to multiple global training and development camps.

In April 2019, she was one of seven Indians (four girls) to participate at the NCAA Next Generation Showcase. In August last year, she was one of four Indians (two girls) at the Basketball Without Border Asia Camp in Tokyo, Japan.

Most recently, in February, she was one of three Indians (two girls) picked for the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp, held during the 2020 All-Star Weekend in Chicago.

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