Amritpal Singh, the near 6’10’’ centre of the Indian national team is all set to play for a tournament in China as he has been invited to to join the Sydney Kings for the Atlas Challenge 2017.
The Atlas Challenge 2017 consists of eight teams from various countries and will be played from 16th to 25th July 2017, in the city of Suzhou which is 100 km from Shanghai, China. Sydney kings are using this tournament as evaluate prospective players who can be the future stars.
This is a huge opportunity for Singh, who impressed a number of teams at the National Basketball League (NBL) Draft Combine in Melbourne, Australia earlier this year. He was part of a four-member contingent that also included Amjyot Singh, Yadwinder Singh and Vishesh Bhriguvanshi.
A report in official NBL website praised Indian player played up his potential to become the first Indian-born player to play in the NBL.
Asked about the invite, the 26-year-old, “I am thrilled to have received this great opportunity. I am entirely focused on preparing for the tournament and intend to put in every effort to doing well.”
“After the Draft Combine concluded in April, Amritpal had generated interest from a few teams, which culminated in the Sydney Kings inviting him for a rookie camp earlier this month. From my interactions with him, I could sense that he was going to seize this opportunity with both hands.
“Credit to his composure that he was able to perform under pressure. His humble personality and affable nature also helped in securing the invite,” said Vishnu Ravi Shankar, Singh’s manager from Pursuit India, the company that represents Singh and other leading Indian basketball players.
“On behalf of Amritpal, I’d also like to thank Danny Kordahi of the No1 Draft Pick Basketball Academy, our local Australian liaison partner, who has helped us immensely throughout this entire process,” he added.