Princepal Singh, the 20-year-old basketball player from India will be making his debut in the NBA G-League for the Ignite squad and is set to become the third player from his country to make an appearance in the minor league.
NBA G League Ignite youngster Princepal Singh to debut against Santa Cruz Warriors
Princepal Singh is the first graduate out of the NBA Academy India to join Ignite, a unique development team which scouts future prospects from around the world and provides a one-year developmental programme before heading into the senior league.
However, unlike his teammates such as Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga, Isaiah Todd, Daishen Nix and Kai Sotto, Princepal is also the first player from the NBA Academy to join the G League. He is set to make his debut against Santa Cruz Warriors in their 2021 season opener on Wednesday.
A towering 6-foot-9 prospect hailing from Gurdaspur, Punjab, Princepal oozes confidence ahead of his first professional game in the G League.
“I will give my best in the chances I get,” Princepal Singh spoke to Times of India, “this has been such a great opportunity to train with my teammates. All of my teammates are great players. I get to learn a lot from them. How they play and handle themselves on the court.”
Satnam Singh, Amjyot Singh Gill and Palpreet Singh Brar were the first three Indian basketball players before Princepal to sign professional contracts with G League. While Satman and Gill made their debut in 2016 and 2019 respectively, Brar remained undrafted, which makes Princepal the third ever Indian player in the league.
Ahead of their season opener against Santa Cruz, Ignite veteran Jarrett Jack shed praise over Princepal while showing amazement about his journey from India to the G League.
“First, I want to applaud Prince probably more than anybody,” Jack recently stated, “coming into this situation with the language barrier and still being able to go out there and compete is amazing. If the shoe was on the other foot, I don’t know how on earth I would be able to do that.”
Similar commendation also came from Ignite head coach Brian Shaw, former Los Angeles Lakers legend and three-time NBA champion who sees ‘high confidence’ in Princepal.
“When he got in, I was trying to work him in slowly, but he insisted on jumping right in and trying to get up to speed with what everybody else was doing. I can tell that his confidence is high. He feels good about the work that he’s been putting in every day,” said Shaw.
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