Basketball and India

Basketball Without Borders Rewind: Sanjana Ramesh wins MVP, Satnam and Amjyot coach as NBA Academy India hosts 2018 edition of BWB Asia

On June 2nd in 2018, the Basketball Without Borders Asia Camp concluded at the NBA Academy India at the Jaypee Greens Integrated Sports Complex in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR).

The four-day camp, which saw 66 boys and girls from 16 different countries participate , was held in India for only the second time and the first since 2008.

Of the 38 boys, five were from India while of the 28 girls, there were 20 - 18 of whom were from the first-ever NBA Academy India Women's Camp, which was held prior to the BWB from May 27-29.

Here's a list of the Indian campers:

Boys Girls
Priyanshu Priyanshu Khushi Ahlawat
Amaan Sandhu Riya Baliyan
Harpreet Singh Priyanka Behal
Princepal Singh Siya Deodhar
Prashant Tomar Rajvi Desai
Khushi Sanjay Dongre
Elijabet Ekka
Grishma Niranjan
Monica Jayakumar
Anmariya Johny
Neha Karva
Sanjana Ramesh
Radha Rani
Sreekala Rani
Pushpa Senthil Kumar
Arya A Sreeraman
Asmat Kaur Taunque
Kainat Trehan
Vaishnavi Yadav
Ann Mary Zachariah

Kelly Olynyk (Miami Heat; Canada; BWB Americas 2009), Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavericks; Canada), Corey Brewer (U.S.), Caris LeVert (Brooklyn Nets; U.S.), two-time WNBA Champion Ruth Riley, and former WNBA player Ebony Hoffman would coach the top high school age campers from throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Also in attendance, as part of the coaching team, were Indian national team members Satnam Singh and Amjyot Singh.

Through the four days, the campers would undergo various activities on and off the court including 5-on-5 games, positional workouts, and daily life skills seminars focusing on health, leadership and communication.

On the final day of the camp, after two championship games (boys and girls) and two All-Star games were played (boys and girls), the awards were announced.

The two Indians among the awardees were the Co-MVP from the NBA Academy India Women's Camp - Vaishnavi Yadav and Sanjana Ramesh. While Yadav won the Girls' Grit Award, Ramesh took home Camp MVP honours.

In an exclusive interview with in January of 2019 , Ramesh, who had signed a National Letter of Intent with North Arizona University. in November of that year, emphasized the importance of this BWB camp in her eventually playing college basketball in the US:

Everything at the BWB (Basketball Without Borders) camp and the Women's camp at NBA's India Academy was recorded. I think the coaches at these camps sent clips to few colleges in the United States.

Most of the colleges had found out about it when I was named MVP of the BWB camp. So, that's how the process began.

Ramesh's MVP award is only the second time an Indian has received the recognition at a BWB camp. It came 10 years after Vishesh Bhriguvanshi, the current captain and point guard of the Indian senior men's team, won the award at the BWB Asia Camp in 2008.

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