For the third consecutive year, UBA India will take twelve of the brightest Indian stars to the USA for the annual UBA Pro Performance Camp. The camp will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, from December 4-15, featuring the Indian players, top training professionals with the UBA, and dozens of additional American/NRI professional players and trainers based in the US. According to UBA India, the training camp is designed to help the players maximize their skills as a basketball player, increase their overall strength as an athlete and learn to train in ways which they can maintain when returning home.
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“Every day, our goal is to be stronger and faster than we were the day before,” said Jody Basye, the UBA’s Director of Coaching. “This year, more players are coming, increasing the talent pool from around the world to play in the UBA. This camp plays a big role in making the game even more exciting for our fans in India.”
The UBA has already held for short-term pro leagues in India over the past two-and-a-half years. Last year’s Season 4 – which featured several of India’s top players and foreign imports – was the grandest showcase for the league yet and was won by the Mumbai Challengers.
The players heading to the USA for the 3rd Pro Performance camp are:
- Chukwunanu Agu (Chennai Slam)
- Ajinkya Mane (Pune Peshwas)
- Gurwinder “Garry” Singh Gill (Punjab Steelers)
- Jagdeep Singh Bains (Mumbai Challengers)
- Muin Bek Hafeez (Delhi Capitals)
- Narender Grewal (Pune Peshwas)
- Nikhil Kumar (Mumbai Challengers)
- Palpreet Singh Brar (Bengaluru Beast)
- Prudhvi Reddy (Mumbai Challengers)
- Rikin Pethani (Chennai Slam)
- Siddhant Shinde (Pune Peshwas)
- Yadwinder Singh (Haryana Gold)
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According to the UBA, invitations were based on the players’ performances in last season’s league, but missing on the list is Season 4’s Indian MVP Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (injured). Big man duo of Amjyot Singh and Amritpal Singh are busy with their obligations in foreign leagues. The list does include Na number of players who have made recent national team appearances for India, including Gurwinder Gill, Jagdeep Singh, Muin Bek, Palpreet Singh, Prudhvi Reddy, Rikhin Pethani, and Yadwinder Singh.
Additionally, up to 36 additional international professional players from North America, including players of Indian origin, will be attending the camp, vying for a coveted spot on a UBA team for Season 5. These will include UBA Season 4 International MVP Dermaine Crockrell, Jimmy Scroggins, Pierre Newton, Brendon Pineda, Alex Scales and Inderbir Gill, all four of whom played in Season 4.
The players will be put through a rigorous 2-weeks of training. Read more about it here.