After signing former NBA draft pick, Satnam Singh, the United Basketball Alliance (UBA) announced the signing of 29 additional standout Indian players to multi-year contracts. With the fifth season of UBA on the horizon, the league has taken a giant step in deepening its commitment to the development of basketball in India.
“I still remember the day I signed my first professional contract in the NBA,” says former L.A. Laker A.C. Green, the UBA’s Director of Sport. “It left a huge impression on my life. Now these players get to experience that same feeling that I once had upon signing my first contract. We are excited about our upcoming season and the future of Indian basketball.”
The contracts range from three to five years — for a combined total of more than Rs 16 crore. In addition to being the first multi-year contracts in the Indian basketball history, the signed players will also receive basketball and fitness training from top experts in the USA, along with nutritional guidance to help them maximize their potential.
The list of players signed includes Satnam Singh (first Indian drafted in the NBA) and several others who are currently representing India at the international level or have in the past. International talents like Palpreet Brar of Bengaluru Beast (first Indian to have been drafted by an NBA G-League Team), Jagdeep Singh Bains of Mumbai Challengers (has captained India; mentor to Satnam Singh), Rikin Pethani of the Chennai Slam (represented India at FIBA Asia Cup in 2016 and 2017) and Yadwinder Singh of Haryana Gold (veteran Indian team star) are some of the key players.
The list also includes stars who represented India in the recently concluded FIBA Asia Cup 2017, such as Muin Bek and Anil Kumar of Delhi Capitals and Prasanna Venkatesh of Mumbai Challengers.