The NBA today announced the 10 boys and 10 girls who will represent India in the second Jr. NBA Global Championship, a youth basketball tournament for the top 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls teams from around the world that will be held Aug. 6-11 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida.
The 20 youth players were chosen following a two-day selection camp at the NBA Academy India in Delhi NCR. The camp featured 40 13- and 14-year-olds from the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA Skills Challenges, City Competitions and National Finals.
|India Boys Team||India Girls Team|
|Sachin Yadav - Delhi||Riccha Ravi - Mumbai|
|Dev Premi - Mumbai||Moumita Mishra - Bengaluru|
|Arnav Gupta - Bengaluru||Jeevika Kumar - Chennai|
|Pranav Varma - Hyderabad||Manmeet Kaur - Punjab|
|Karan Pashi - Kolkata||Irin Elsa John - Kerala|
|Janmejay Singh - Chandigarh||Osheen Singh - Jabalpur|
|Md. Kaif - Varanasi||Bhumika Sarje - Pune|
|Harsh Dagar - Delhi NCR||Dhara Phate - Nagpur|
|Lokendar - Delhi NCR||Shomira Bidaye - Nagpur|
|Kushal Singh - Varanasi||Muskan Singh - Nagpur|
In the inaugural event last year, Sunishka Kartik from the India girls team won the Community Award while Bhavik Garg won the Tip-Off Ceremony Dance Contest. Sachin Yadav and Moumita Mishra will both return for their second appearance in the annual youth basketball tournament.
The Jr. NBA Global Championship will feature boys and girls divisions, separated into U.S. and international brackets that begin with round-robin play and continue with the single-elimination competition. The winners of the U.S. and international brackets will play in the global championship games on Aug. 11.
During the weeklong event, all 32 teams will participate in activities designed to reinforce the Jr. NBA's core values and provide the players with development opportunities and memorable experiences off the court, including life skills sessions, Disney park visits and a community service project.
*Final rosters subject to change