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Satnam Singh Bhamra, India's Next Big Hope in NBA?

Updated: 26 June 2015 13:58 IST

Satnam Singh Bhamra is a 7 feet 2 Inches Punjab Hoopster who is training with NBA giants Boston Celtics.

Satnam Singh Bhamra, India
Photo courtesy: Satnam Singh's Facebook Profile. © Facebook

National Basketball Association (NBA) side Boston Celtics has called India's Satnam Singh Bhamra from Punjab worked for a training session.

Standing tall at 7 feet 2 inches and weighing 132 kgs, Satnam impressed all Boston representatives present at his workout with his huge frame on Thursday, according to a release.

Danny Ainge, president of basketball operations for the Celtics, had this to say about Singh: "He's a little raw, but he shoots the ball really well, which is surprising. He's not just tall, he's also thick. He's a big, strong kid.

"We hadn't seen him, and whether it's this year or down the road, you never know when you're going to have to evaluate him," said Ainge.

"He's humongous. He's really, really big. He's a very nice kid and has an interesting story."

Stnam, who is hoping to become the first Indian-born player to play in the NBA, said he has come a long way since he first landed at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., in 2010.

"I know if I go to the NBA, it will be a lot better in India for basketball," he said.

Just a few months ago, Sim Bhullar became the first player of Indian origin to play in NBA. Now Satnam hopes to follow in those very large footsteps.

"My heart, my mind says I'm ready for this," said Satnam.

Satnam averaged 9.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game last season on a post graduate team at IMG Academy in Florida.

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