The Adelaide 36ers have signed Vishesh Bhriguvanshi to a one year training deal making him the NBL’s first Indian born player since Eban Hyams in 2006-07.
Bhriguvanshi currently plays for the Indian National Team and will train with the club, but is only eligible to play if he replaces an injured player.
Standing at 196cm, the former Indian captain averaged 17.4 points and 4.5 assists per game.
Adelaide 36ers Chief Executive Officer Guy Hedderwick is pleased to have Bhriguvanshi train with his team.
“Vishesh is an exciting talent from India, renowned for his court presence and intuitive feel for the game,” Hedderwick said.
“We’re looking forward to connecting with the Indian community during his basketball journey.”
The 25-year-old was introduced to the 36ers by the Dream Basketball Academy, who first signed Bhriguvanshi to participate in their 2017-18 program.
The deal follows the success of former Adelaide 36ers and Dream Basketball Academy player, Terrance Ferguson, who was selected at pick 21 by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA Rookie Draft last month.
Managing Director and Co-Founder of The Dream Basketball Academy Raheim “The Dream” Brown is excited to welcome Bhriguvanshi to the academy.
“With his competitive spirit and style of play on the court and his humble but strong personality off the court, he is a great addition for us,” Brown said.
“We look forward to this new relationship, not only with Vishesh, but with the whole of India. He will represent the Dream Academy and the Adelaide 36ers proudly for his country and himself.”
Brown said the Dream Academy will be working alongside Bhriguvanshi to explore opportunities within the NBA and will expose him to the highest level of play.
“Following Terrance Ferguson’s success, NBA scouts are paying increased attention to the Dream Academy, the Adelaide 36ers and the NBL, as an alternative pathway to achieve an NBA career,” he said.
Bhriguvanshi will arrive in Adelaide in the coming weeks to begin training alongside the 36ers.