Mastan YMCA: American stars impressed with local talent

May 05, 2012, 09:01 IST | Sundari Iyer

After entertaining the crowd on the opening day of the Mastan YMCA All-Star Basketball weekend, American hoopsters Scott Stewart, Titus Robinson and Canada's Jason Faulkner had words of praise for the city's talent.

“Basketball in India is heading in the right direction. What the Indian federation should focus on is, getting the players’ fundamentals right with repetitive training and providing some good indoor facilities. I was quite impressed with Yadwinder Singh (an India player),” said Stewart, who won the three-point event netting seven times.

At the Mastan YMCA courts yesterday. Faulkner dunks blindfolded. Pics/Atul Kamble

Robinson, who emerged winner in the dunk event after being tied with Faulkner, said: “I was impressed with the energy of the kids here and the vibrant atmosphere. I hope to see an indoor stadium with a wooden floor when I come here next time. Concrete courts reduce the length of a player’s career.”

American basketball stars Titus Robinson (left), Scott Stewart and Jason Faulkner

Roopam Sharma, who took over as CEO of BFI after her husband, Harish’s (former CEO) demise, said: “I’ve spoken to Troy Justice (NBA’s India director) and sponsors to make this court an international standard one. With support and concrete plans, we hope to work in that
direction soon.” 

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