Indian Punjabi, Anonuevo joins Philippines' Kai Sotto as latest Asian NBA G League recruit

Kai Sotto, Princepal Singh, and Cholo Anonuevo at the Basketball NBA G league

Indian  prospect joins Kai Sotto as latest Asian NBA G League recruit 

MANILA, Philippines – Indian teen star Princepal Singh joined Filipino wunderkind Kai Sotto as the latest Asian pride to take his talent to the NBA G League’s pro pathway program.

G League president Shareef Abdur-Rahim announced the signing Wednesday that will put the 19-year-old Indian giant alongside the 18-year-old Sotto as the first G League international prospect signees from Asia.

The 6-foot-10 Singh, who is a graduate of NBA Academy India and NBA Global Academy in Australia, has been a household name in Asian youth competition like the 7-foot-2 Pinoy prodigy.

Singh and Sotto have both impressed during their FIBA Under-16 and Under-18 Asian Championship stints over the years before this eventual team-up in the G League select team to be introduced in 2021 season.

The Asian twin towers will be joined by US high school standouts Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga, Daishen Nix and Isaiad Todd under the tutelage of five-time champion Brian Shaw.

Abdur-Rahim said that this recognition and development of young talents outside US like Sotto and Singh epitomize the vision of the G League’s inaugural pro pathway program to the NBA.

“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,” he said.

Cholo Anonuevo Joins Kai Sotto

Anonuevo, a 6'4" swingman for the Baby Tamaraws, signed with East West Private — the same agency that represents NBA G League center Kai Sotto.

"We are excited to help you reach your dreams," they said.

Anonouevo had an impressive campaign for the FEU-Diliman Baby Tamaraws in Season 82.

He averaged 9.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists for the Baby Tams.

Fellow FEU cagers Ken Tuffin and Joseph Nunag have also headed overseas, currently playing for the Taranaki Mountainairs in the New Zealand National Basketball League.

Princepal Singh becomes 1st NBA India Academy Graduate to sign with NBA G League

NBA Academy graduate Princepal Singh, a 6 ft 10 in forward from Punjab, India, has signed to play in the NBA G League next season, it was announced today by NBA G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim. Singh, who will train and compete alongside a new G League team featuring elite youth prospects, is the first NBA Academy graduate to sign with the NBA G League and first NBA Academy India graduate to sign a professional contract.

Singh, who started playing basketball at the Ludhiana Basketball Academy, joined The NBA Academy India in 2017, an elite basketball training center in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) for the top prospects from throughout India, as part of the academy’s inaugural class of student-athletes identified through the ACG-NBA Jump Program.

In November 2018, Singh transitioned to The NBA Global Academy the league’s hub for top male and female prospects from outside the U.S. in Canberra, Australia, where he continued his development before graduating this spring.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer Princepal the opportunity to begin his professional basketball journey in the NBA G League,” said 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.”

We are very proud of Princepal: NBA Vice President

“We are very proud of Princepal, who has worked extremely hard to earn this opportunity as he continues to be a trailblazer for the NBA Academy program and basketball in India,” said NBA Vice President, Head of International Basketball Development Troy Justice.

“Playing in the NBA G League alongside some of the most talented up-and-coming players and under the tutelage of head coach Brian Shaw will allow Princepal to build on the foundation and framework he developed under an incredible staff of NBA Academy coaches in India and Australia over the last several years.”

Throughout his time in 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. He also represented India in international competitions as part of the Indian Men’s Senior National Team.

The NBA G League gives top young prospects a chance to begin their professional careers while receiving mentorship and life-skills training.

Singh will have the opportunity to accelerate his on-court development alongside top high school recruits from the class of 2020 Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd, Daishen Nix, Kai Sotto and Jonathan Kuminga who have signed to play in the NBA G League for the 2020-21 season. Five-time NBA champion Brian Shaw will serve as head coach of their team, which will be unaffiliated with any existing NBA G League franchise or NBA team. read more at PhilStar and India Today

About the NBA G League

The NBA’s official minor league, the NBA G League prepares players, coaches, officials, trainers and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 28 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2019-20 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family friendly atmosphere. An all-time-high 57 percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2019-20 season boasted NBA G League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA Cares programs.
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