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Scott Flemming appointed head coach of Indian senior men's basketball team

Published at :May 7, 2024 at 9:05 PM
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Flemming previously served coach of Indian basketball team between 2012-2015.

The Basketball Federation of India (BFI) announced today that American coach Scott Flemming has been appointed as the new head coach of the Indian senior men’s national basketball team.

This will be Flemming’s second stint leading the Indian basketball team, having previously served as head coach from 2012 to 2015. During that tenure, he guided India to some of their biggest wins in recent history, including a historic victory over China at the 2014 FIBA Asia Cup and a gold medal at the 2014 Lusofonia Games.

“With his past experience and proven coaching abilities, we are confident that Mr. Flemming’s appointment will help elevate the performance of our senior men’s team on the international stage,” said BFI Secretary General Kulvinder Singh Gill in a press release.

Now 63, Flemming brings over 38 years of coaching experience to the role, including recent stints as the Senior Director of Basketball Operations for NBA India and head coach and Technical Director of the NBA Academy India.

His work with the NBA Academy has helped identify and develop some of India’s top young talents like Lokendra Singh, Jaideep Rathore, Harsh Dagar and Kushal Singh. These players were key members of the Indian teams that finished fifth at the 2022 U-16 Asian Championship and competed at the 2023 FIBA U-18 3×3 World Cup.

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Flemming has an extensive international coaching resume, having worked in countries like Sweden, Poland, Mexico, Jamaica and across Africa in addition to his time with the Indian basketball team.

He also spent two seasons from 2010-2012 as the top assistant coach for the Texas Legends, the NBA G League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks.

Flemming takes over for Serbian coach Veselin Matic, who spent over five years at the helm of the Indian basketball team. Under Matic’s guidance, India advanced to the pre-quarterfinals in the 3×3 format at the 2018 Asian Games.

With his wealth of experience and previous success leading India, Flemming will be tasked with helping the national team take the next step and re-establish themselves as a contender in Asia.

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