Internet Desk: Palpreet Singh Brar on Sunday became the second Indian basketball player after Satnam Singh to be drafted in the NBA D-League. Palpreet made the cut after being selected in the draft along with fellow Indians Amritpal Singh and Amyjot Singh. Both Amritpal and Amyjot failed to make the cut.
22 year old Palpreet, who hails from a remote village of Kothe Surgapuri in Mukstar district, was picked by Long Islands Nets. He was the 11th pick in the fourth round.
It was a huge Diwali gift for Palpreet to his parents. His father himself used to play volleyball at local level. In that sense Palpreet is the first sportsperson of International repute in the family. Palpreet, currently employed with Indian Railways in Ludhiana as a Travelling Ticket Examiner (TTE) is a former trainee of Ludhiana Basketball Academy (LBA).
The towering 6’9” Palpreet, who plays at the centre position, was shortlisted among 182 probables.
The NBA D-League is the NBA’s official minor league, serving to develop players, coaches and other officials. The league features 19 teams in the US and Canada, each of which is affiliated with an NBA parent club.
— NBA D-League (@nbadleague) October 30, 2016
In February this year, Palpreet had won the national finals of the ACG-NBA Jump, India’s first national basketball talent search programme. Thereafter, he attended the NBA D-League tryout in the United States.