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NBA Academy India Women's Camp alum Harsimran Kaur commits to University of San Diego

Harsimran Kaur

This past Tuesday (July 22nd), Harsimran Kaur announced her commitment to the University of San Diego as a part of its class of 2021.

The 17-year-old made the announcement on Instagram, nearly a fortnight after she had announced that she would be completing the final year of high school at the Central Pointe Christian Academy in Kissimmee, Florida.

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Super Excited to announce my commitment to the University of San Diego 💙(@ncaa D1)! A big thanks to my family, friends, and all the coaches who supported me along my basketball journey . Also, this lifelong dream would not have been fulfilled without all the support and guidance of the @nbaacademy Big thanks @blairehardiek who believed in me. Can't wait to be Torero❕ 💙✨and to be the part of the @usdwbb family 🙏🏻

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Prior to officially announcing it on her Instagram account, the 17-year-old rising sensation discussed how she hopes to fit in with the San Diego Toreros on Hoopdarshan in June.

"I think I see myself playing as an all-rounder," Kaur said on the popular podcast that primarily focuses on basketball in India. "My main motive is to explore more on my shooting, and to be a perfect forward on their team."

The 6-3 forward has been grabbing eyeballs and taking huge leaps in the women's division of India Basketball over the past 18 months.

MORE: Story of Harsimran Kaur - Dangal on the Courts

She has attended nearly each one of NBA's global basketball development camps - the NCAA Next Generation Showcase in April 2019, the Basketball Without Borders Asia Camp in Tokyo last year, and most recently the Basketball Without Borders Global Camp held during the 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago.

Last December, at just 16 years old, she made her debut for the senior national team and won a gold medal at the South Asian Games. At the most recent NBA Academy India Women's Camp, held during the first-ever NBA India Games, she was named Camp MVP.

A month later, she made history by becoming the first prospect from the NBA Academies Women's Program and the first female prospect from outside of Australia to attend The NBA Global Academy as part of a multi-week training program.

MORE: Exclusive interview with Harsimran Kaur

In February of 2020, she was invited for a second time to the NBA Global Academy

Since the NBA Academy Women's Program began in India in May of 2018, Kaur is set to become the fourth prospect from the program to go on to play college basketball in the United States after Sanjana Ramesh, Vaishnavi Yadav, and Khushi Dongre.

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