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NBA G League adds India’s top-rated prospect

(NBA India/Twitter)

(NBA India/Twitter)

The NBA G League has added yet another intriguing prospect to its high-profile Select Team.

Today, the G league announced it has signed India’s top prospect, Princepal Singh, to a contract, making him the sixth player to join the Select Team roster.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer Princepal the opportunity to begin his professional basketball journey in the NBA G League,” said G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim. “We’ve long hoped that our development pathway for elite high school players would include roster spots for emerging international talent, including players who have participated in the NBA Academy program, and we’re excited to have Princepal forge this new path and develop his skills in our league.”

Singh, a 6-foot-10 forward out of Punjab, India, becomes the first player from NBA Academy India to sign a professional contract.

As part of the NBA Academy program, Singh participated in several high-profile international basketball events, including Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Asia 2018, BWB Global 2018 and the NBA Global Camp 2018. In international play, the talented big man averaged 11.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest.

Singh will join five-star prospects Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga, Daishen Nix, and Isaiah Todd, along with four-star center Kai Sotto, on the Select Team roster.

Upon signing with the G League, each elite prospect has raved about its Professional Pathway Program, noting that it’s the best option to help them reach their NBA dreams.

“I wanted to get better overall and prepare myself for the NBA because that’s my ultimate goal,” Green told Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes. “Everything was planned out right and set up for me to succeed. I think this was a good decision at the end of the day. I’m still going to be able to go back to college and finish school. So, it’s not really that I’m missing out on college because I can go back and finish whenever I need to. School is a big thing in my family.”

“I don’t see myself as a high school player again, I see my potential as an NBA player,” Kuminga said at the time of his announcement. “With the G League, they’ll help me a lot, more than college. Out there, they’ll help me how to be open on the court and help me reach my goal of being the No. 1 draft pick in 2021.”

“Going to the NBA was always a dream for me, and playing for the G League is just one step down and it will help me develop my game for the 2020 Draft,” Nix told 247Sports. “I’ve always known that going to the G League was an option, but learning more about it and hearing more things about it is why I chose it. It was best for option for me.”

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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