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After Satnam Singh, UBA Signs 29 Indian Players To Boost Basketball In The Country



In a major boost to the development of basketball in India, the United Basketball Alliance (UBA) has announced the signing of 29 additional standout players from the country with lucrative multi-year contracts. The latest signings come in the wake of NBA draft pick Satnam Singh opting to play in the fifth season of the UBA.

“I still remember the day I signed my first professional contract in the NBA,” former LA Laker star and UBA's Director of Sport AC Green said. “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,” he added.

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The duration of the contracts range from 3 to 5 years, for a combined total of more than Rs 16 crore. In addition to being the first multi-year contracts in 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 by the UBA include star performers like Satnam (first Indian to be drafted in the NBA), Palpreet Brar (first Indian to have been drafted by an NBA G-League Team), Jagdeep Singh Bains (former Indian captain and mentor to Satnam Singh), Rikin Pethani (represented India at FIBA Asia Cup in 2016 and 2017) and Yadwinder Singh of Haryana Gold (veteran Indian team star).

After Satnam Singh, UBA Signs 29 Indian Players With Multi-Year Contracts© Instagram/@ubaindia

The UBA, a professional basketball league with teams based in key cities across India, continues to add to the development of basketball in the country. Not only have they been able to scout and bring over India's best pool of talent in the game, the UBA has also recruited some serious help from the USA to nurture raw talent in an otherwise cricket-crazy nation.

The league has eight teams: Haryana Gold, Delhi Capitals, Chennai Slam, Mumbai Challengers, Hyderabad Sky, Pune Peshwas, Punjab Steelers and Bengaluru Beast.

After Satnam Singh, UBA Signs 29 Indian Players With Multi-Year Contracts© Instagram/@ubaindia

Jody Basye, UBA's Director of Coaching, said: "We have so many great players who have been waiting for this opportunity.  To finally get them under contract and in the gym every day will be a huge boost to our league and the sport".

Here's the complete list of 30 players signed by the UBA:

Bengaluru Beast: Palpreet Brar, Loveneet Singh Atwal, Kaif Zia, Visu Palani and Khushmeet Singh Atwal

Chennai Slam: Agu, Cammy Carmel, Rikin Pethani

Delhi Capitals: Anil Kumar, Muin Bek and Vinay Kaushik

Haryana Gold: Yadwinder Singh, Akashdeep Hazra and Himanshu Sharma

Mumbai Challengers: Jagdeep Singh Bains, Prasanna Venkatesh, Prudhvi Reddy, Jeevanathan and Dildar Brar

Pune Peshwas: Siddhant Shinde, Arshpreet Bhullar, and Ajinkya Mane

Punjab Steelers: Garry (Gurvinder Singh Gill), Sagar Joshi, Harmanpreet Singh, Taj Sandhu and Kaushal

Satnam Singh

TJ Sahi (played for Bengaluru Beast in UBA Season 1)

Vikas Mor (played for Haryana Gold in UBA Season 1 and 2)


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