Basketball and India

Satnam Singh: India's first-ever NBA Draft pick signs with All Elite Wrestling (AEW)

Satnam Singh, India's first-ever NBA Draft pick, announced his signing with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) on Friday morning.

Singh was picked 52nd overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 2015 NBA Draft and as of 2021, he remains the only Indian ever to be picked in the NBA Draft.

According to AEW's official release, Singh follows the footsteps of Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal, who participated alongside Jade Cargill in a mixed tag team match against Cody Rhodes and Red Velvet on 'AEW: Dynamite' in March earlier in 2021.

The last time the 7-foot-3 center has picked up a basketball for a competitive game - professionally or for the national team - was over 18 months ago in Dec. 2019 when he suited up and won gold for the national team at the South Asian Games in Nepal.

"While we've recently secured some of the hottest free agents on the planet, I'm also deeply committed to cultivating our own homegrown stars and the next generation of extraordinary professional wrestlers," said Tony Khan, CEO, GM and Head of Creative of AEW.

"In addition to Satnam's commanding 7'3" stature, I was impressed with his high level of athleticism and charisma. He's an exciting addition to our roster, and I'm looking forward to our fans getting to know Satnam's personality and watching his development."

MORE: Indian Pioneers - Satnam, the 'One in a Billion' Icon

This isn't the first time that Singh has considered the squared circle. In 2017, he had visited and trained at the WWE Performance Centre but eventually decided against joining the company.

Despite having a well-documented basketball career over the past decade, Singh - just 25 years old - certainly has age on his side to transition to this new sport of professional wrestling.

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