Achintya Krishna was one of the first 21 prospects to be selected to the inaugural batch of the NBA Academy in 2017.
Since then, the 16-year-old hailing from Bengaluru has impressed plenty with the development in his physique. especially Coach Todd Gates.
"So he came in lean, just light, very very light. It's going to be a while for him to put on weight," said Gates, the strength and conditioning coach at NBA Academy India.
"But he looks the part, he looks like an athlete. He's got cuts, he's got the right body-fat ratio, he keeps getting stronger and he loves the weight room," Gates further added.
"When I came here [NBA Academy India], I started benching at 12 and now I can do 25 each hand," Krishna said, giving us his improvement by the numbers.
Krishna's hard work seems to have paid off, as he continues to get the recognition he deserves.
Last month, in the U16 SABA Basketball Championships 2019, he was a member of the Indian squad that cruised to the Championship. Thus, helping the nation directly qualify to next month's FIBA U16 Asia Cup in Beijing.
A few days after those national duties, he was chosen in the India squad that will represent NBA Academy India at the NBA Academy Games.