There’s no shortage of height genes in Satnam Singh Bhamara’s family. His grandmother is 6’9” and his father is 7’2” tall, so it’s not too surprising that 15-year-old Satnam is 7’1”, a giant in his Punjab village. A star on India’s under-16 basketball team, he’s been receiving training in Florida through IMG Academies and was recently featured in the NEXT issue of ESPN The Magazine.
“I’ve told people many times, he can become India’s Yao Ming,” Harish Sharma, head of the Basketball Federation of India, told the magazine.
Satnam wouldn’t need to be as good as Yao Ming to create waves in India. Just making an NBA team would be quite a feat. No Indian has ever played in the NBA. Then again, not many have a grandmother who’s 6’9”.
Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
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