Harshwardhan Tomar becomes fifth NBA Academy India product to play basketball in USA

The 20-year-old from Madhya Pradesh signed up with KEBA Preparatory School in Cincinnati in February

By Samrat Chakraborty

Harshwardhan Tomar, an NBA Academy India graduate, took one step closer to fulfilling his dreams as he signed up with the KEBA Preparatory School, a basketball academy based out of Cincinnati, Ohio.

The 20-year-old, who hails from the Bhind district in Madhya Pradesh, will become the fifth NBA Academy India male student to commit to a high-school or college basketball program in the USA.

"I am truly grateful to KEBA Prep School for this opportunity and look forward to adding new layers to my game and advance my academic goals at the same time," said Tomar.

"I thank my mother who has stood by me through all, and my coaches and peers at the NBA Academy India for getting me ready for this chapter of my life."

Tomar is from the second batch of students at the NBA Academy India, an elite basketball training center for the top prospects from across the country. He was one of the eight winners of the ACG-NBA Jump program in 2018.

As a junior, he represented India at the U18 and U16 stage in FIBA Asia competitions.

Tomar has also featured in the 2019 NBA Academy Games and the 2019-20 European Youth Basketball League (EYBL) in Hungary. He was one of two Indians and the only Indian boy selected to be at the fifth annual Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global Camp during the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend in Charlotte.

"We believe Harshwardhan Tomar's mobility, versatility and elite skill set will be a great fit with KEBA Prep's rigorous training program and renowned work ethic," said KEBA Prep head coach Liori Kennedy.

"I'm excited to see how competing alongside our fierce competitors at KEBA Prep on a national stage will help accelerate his growth and contribute to his long-term success.”

Having signed up for KEBA, Tomar will follow in the footsteps of fellow NBA Academy India graduates Jagshaanbir Singh (Golden State Prep, Point Park University), Pranav Prince (First Love Christian Academy), Amaan Sandhu (First Love Christian Academy), and Riyanshu Negi (DME Sports Academy).

It must be noted that Princepal Singh, another product of the NBA Academy in India, had also secured a US offer when he signed up to play in the NBA G League in July 2020. However, he had transitioned to the NBA Global Academy in Canberra, Australia before graduating and securing a spot in the G League where he is currently playing for NBA's developmental team Ignite.