- Vaishnavi Yadav creates history by signing for Pensacola State team
- The 17-year old plays as a guard and has represented India in various tournaments
- She holds the record for most points scored by a woman at the Nationals - 71!
In one of the most encouraging news for Indian Basketball, 17-year old Vaishnavi Yadav has signed up for USA’s Pensacola State team. Vaishnavi is a 5’7” guard and hails from Allahabad.
The teenager first came into the spotlight after scoring staggering 71 points in the Junior National championship against Kerala last year. It was the most points scored by a women’s player at the national level.
Vaishnavi has been the part of NBA Academy India for some time now. She has also represented India at FIBA Asia U18 3×3 Championship, FIBA Asia U16 Championship and FIBA U16 Asia Cup.
The 17-year old has won the MVP award at the first-ever NBA Academy India event and the U18 State Nationals.
Penny Belford, head coach of the Pensacola State Team, was excited to have Vaishnavi on her side for the upcoming season. “We are very excited to have Vaishnavi join the Lady Pirate family. She will bring a wealth of playing experience and excitement for the upcoming season.”
— NBAIndia (@NBAIndia) June 11, 2018
Already a teenage basketball sensation, Vaishnavi is also looking forward to joining the team as soon as possible. The 17-year old thanked everyone who has played a role in her success so far.
“I am very excited to have the tremendous opportunity to attend Pensacola State University. I would like to thank India Basketball, NBA Academy Women’s Program, and Coach Blair Hardiek for making this possible.”
She also expressed her desire to help the progress of Basketball in India. “I hope to take India to the next level by learning all I can about the game and then sharing the knowledge with other basketball players from my country. I hope I can inspire others from India to work hard and go for their dreams.”
Vaishnavi idolizes Michael Jordan in Basketball but during her early years, she wanted to be a tennis star like Sania Mirza. However, she joined Basketball just to kill time and look where it has taken her now!
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