Princepal, Amaan make the cut for NBA global camp

They will be part of team interview sessions, play five-on-five games and go through shooting drills, and strength and agility testing in front of representatives from all the 30 NBA teams.

Princepal Singh (L) and Amaan Sandhu at the NBA Basketball without Borders camp in Greater Noida.   -  Special Arrangement

Princepal Singh and Amaan Sandhu have been selected for the NBA global camp, a pre-draft showcase, scheduled from June 2-5 in Italy, the NBA announced on Thursday. 

The camp will bring together 40 youngsters from across the world and will see them go through team interview sessions, five-on-five games, shooting drills, and strength and agility testing in front of representatives from all the 30 NBA teams.

The highly-rated Princepal did not go into details about his upcoming trip but is, nevertheless, prepared. "I have attended a global camp earlier also, in the USA. Top players had come and it was really good for me," Princepal said, on the sidelines of NBA's Basketball without Borders camp here.

The power forward from Punjab earned recognition through his performances at the  FIBA U-16 Asian Championship in China last year.

The 17-year-old wished to remain focused on his development. "The thing is that I need to work hard. Let’s see, I try to learn as to whatever I taught to me," said Princepal.

After brushing shoulders with the best in Asia, Amaan is keen to showcase his talents against the rest of the world. The 15-year-old center, who hails from a family of basketball players in Mohali, is keen to take the inputs from the leading franchises in the USA.  

"If those scouts talk to us it will be a big motivation in itself. They will also tell us what is required of us to play in their league and how to develop our game," he said.

Scott Fleming, the head of basketball operations NBA India, believes the global camp will enable them to catapult their careers into the big leagues. "Both have been in our academy for a year and we have seen real improvement in them. Amaan is younger, Princepal is experienced and polished, but both have great potential. And it's a privilege for them to be chosen for the NBA global camp. It will certainly help their future," said the former Indian men's head coach.