The giant leap of Harsimran Kaur before the launch to the moon of the NBA

CHANDIGARH: for Harsimran Kaur Learning a sport was like choosing between mother and father. Mom, Sumanpreet Kaur, represented India in volleyball, while Dad, Sukhdev Singh, played basketball by its state

On Monday, Harsimran, 16, became the first non-Australian prospect selected from National Basketball Association (NBA) Academies' Women's Programme to attend NBA Global Academy. She will train from November 7 to 24 at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) centre of excellence in Canberra. Asked about the choice of sport, she told TOI on telephone from her national camp in Bengaluru: "Yes, it was quite difficult to choose between volleyball and basketball . ACL (anterior cruciate ligament injury of the knee) had shortened my father’s career, so he was hell-bent on getting me into his sport."

On the Australian opportunity, the girl who is six feet five inches tall said: I am very excited and a little nervous to enter a new environment and train with the best athletes from different countries, adjusting with new trainers and facilities. Go ahead, however, to learn from all the players and coaches. Her previous training program from November 7 to 29 was reduced because India has some tournaments to come and the coaches want her on the team.

Harsimran, who comes from the Kapurthala district of Punjab, has represented India at the 3x3 Asian Championship in Jakarta in August. Last April, she was one of the four Indian girls who competed against the best youth cages in the USA. UU. In the first NCAA Final Four Next Generation program for women in Tampa. She went to Basketball without borders Asia in Tokyo this summer and became the most valuable player (MVP) in the third NBA Academy Women's Program camp held in Mumbai from October 2 to 5.

Her goal is to be recruited in the NBA women's league from an American university to which she hopes to join with a sports scholarship. She said: I have some offers, but I'm looking for a university that has a good position in the NCAA league (of American universities), where I want to impress the NBA scouts with my skills.