The seven feet two inches tall, 131 kilogram Indian was picked by Dallas Mavericks in the NBA draft. He is currently playing for Texas Legends in the NBA Development League. The 20-year-old Satnam earlier took part in training sessions with top teams like Sacramento Kings and Boston Celtics.

Satnam, who hails from a remote village in Punjab, moved to the United States in September 2010 as part of a scholarship programme between IMG Academy and Reliance and wants to help more Indians to take up basketball and play it professionally.

"It is a platform for me to show how someone from India have come through and playing in top league in the world. I am happy to play the matches. I am looking forward to give my best in the upcoming matches," Satnam told Indian reporters via a conference call from Texas, on Friday,” he said.

"In India we do not have that much basketball craze but I am trying to help make a name here to help more Indian kids follow, come and play basketball," he added.

Satnam also made name for himself as for the first time since 2005 that a player has entered the draft without playing in college, overseas, professionally or in the NBA Development League.

Speaking about his training, he said, "I am going out for extra workout, I mostly work on my footwork. I will try to improve on my footwork and give my best in the coming match. I know I am a bit slow but I will give my best to improve my hook shots, lose weight, stay healthy.

In the NBA D-League game on Friday, he will face Raptors 905 team's Sim Bhullar, who is the first player of Indian descent to play in the NBA.

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