Basketball and India

Five Indians selected for NBA Academy's Women's Virtual Program 2021

After receiving over 300 applications from over 50 countries, the search for the roster of the NBA Academy Women Virtual Program 2021 concluded with the announcement.

Late on Jul. 7 (IST), the NBA Academy announced its roster of 50 women that are spread out across five regions - Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe and Middle East, and Americas.

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The program aims at helping these young prospects, all between the ages of 14 and 17, to develop their skills on and off the court which could assist them in building a future with basketball. Not to mention the fact, that being named on the roster includes a possible invitation to an in-person event later this year.

Who are the Indians on the NBA Academy Women's Virtual Program 2021?

From the roster of 50 announced, six are from Asia which includes five from India - Shomira Bidaye, Yashneet Kaur, Kavya Singla, Sunishka Karthik and Parnika Srivastava.

Nearly each of the girls mentioned already have a connection or history with the NBA.

Shomira Bidaye

Shomira, a native of Nagpur, Maharashtra, first made her name in August of 2019.

As part of the Indian girls' squad, she stood out by being among the team's top performers at the Jr. NBA Global Championship which were held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando.

Later that year, in October, she was invited to the third NBA Academy India Women's Camp in Mumbai, which was held during the week of the historic NBA India Games.

Sunishka Karthik

Sunishka, a native of Bengaluru, Karnataka, first made her mark in the Reliance Foudation Jr. NBA National Championship by being part of the winning squad from Bengaluru.

That helped her earn a selection on the roster of 18 for the first-ever NBA Academy India Women's Camp, back in May of 2018. A couple of months later, she represented India at the 2018 edition of the Jr. NBA Global Championship and also won the Community Assist award.

Also a participant at the 2018 Basketball Without Borders Asia Camp, which was held in India, Sunishka was also part of the second NBA Academy India Women's Camp that was held in January of 2019.

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Later that year, in August of 2019, she committed to Woodside Priory High School in California. She also recently participated, as a special guest, in an episode of the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA Virtual Program 2021 (Week 11) alongside WNBA veteran Ebony Hoffman.

Yashneet Kaur

Yashneet Kaur is the younger sister to emerging Indian women's star Harsimran Kaur - MVP of the last NBA Academy India Women's Camp in October 2019, an alumni of the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp in 2020 and the Asia camp in 2019.

Harsimran, who is currently in the United States having committed to the University of San Diego as part of the class of 2025, is also the only female NBA Academy camper ever to be invited to the NBA Global Academy for a development program.

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