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36ers sign NBL's first Indian player

Vishesh Bhriguvanshi is the first Indian basketball player to sign a deal with an Australian NBL club. VCG/VCG via Getty Images

Vishesh Bhriguvanshi is the first Indian basketball player to sign a deal with an Australian National Basketball League club.

Bhriguvanshi, who currently plays for India's national basketball team, has signed a one-year training deal with Adelaide 36ers, but he will be be eligible to play only if he replaces an injured player.

The former India captain, who averages 17.4 points and 4.5 assists per game, featured at the NBL Draft Combine in Melbourne this year.

"Vishesh is an exciting talent from India, renowned for his court presence and intuitive feel for the game," Adelaide 36ers chief executive Guy Hedderwick said.

"It's great to have signed the first Indian player to the NBL and we're looking forward to connecting with the Indian community during his basketball journey."

Bhriguvanshi, 25, was introduced to the 36ers by The Dream Basketball Academy, who first signed him to participate in their 2017-18 program.

Raheim Brown, managing director and co-founder of The Dream Basketball Academy, said he would work alongside Bhriguvanshi to explore opportunities within the NBA and 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," Brown said.