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5 Indian juniors to take part in Basketball Without Borders clinic

New Delhi, Jun 24 (UNI) Five India juniors - Hirendera Singh Rathore, Shadab Khan, Pratham Singh, Arjun Singh and Vishesh Bhrigvansh - currently at a coaching camp in Bangalore, will arrive here to take part in the Basketball Without Borders clinic, slated to be held from July 3-6.

The 'Lucky Five', as they are called after making it to the team, are the best among the 16 juniors in business and were part of the Nationals held at Bhilwara recently.

According to Basketball Federation of India's (BFI) coach Alexander Bucan, ''the boys have great potential to make it to the big league following their interactions with NBA greats like Sam Perkins and Dominique Wilkins.'' BFI secretary-general Harish Sharma in a release here today said that the five players would form the nucleus of the Indian team in the Asian Basketball Confederation Championship in Iran to be held from August 28 to September 5.

''Keeping the Iran meet in mind, and their excellent skills and execution during the nationals they were chosen to participate in the FIBA-NBA clinic in New Delhi,'' said Sharma.

Elaborating further on the great opportunity, Sharma said the boys are likely to pick up some vital tips along the way apart from understanding the way each player from other countries perform.

''Since there are going to be some good young talent from 15 Asian countries, the clinic would help our boys' profile massively.

Our coaches, including Bucan, will also be at hand to see how the boys are responding to the lessons taught to them,'' he added.

The BFI, said Sharma, also has some plans in the pipeline after the Basketball Without Borders clinic for the juniors.

''As of now we have some modest plans for the boys and depending on the success, we might even try them out among the junior girls as well,'' he said.

Sharma also revealed that some boys and girls could be considered for the University of Delaware scholarships in the future. The BFI has a tie-up with the US university to promote basketball in the country.


Story first published: Tuesday, June 24, 2008, 18:37 [IST]
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