Asmat Kaur Taunque, former India U16 baller from Madhya Pradesh, has committed to the California Institute of Technology (‘Caltech’). Caltech belongs to the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in NCAA Division 3.
The 17-year-old who is currently finishing high school at The Lawrenceville School, New Jersey, will arguably become only the fourth Indian basketball player in history to play in the elite NCAA circuit. Not so coincidentally, all these four players are women.
Going by her Instagram post, Asmat has been admitted into the chemical engineering program and has asked to report to the University by September this year. It’s a typical four-year undergraduate program and if all goes well, Asmat will graduate as part of the Class of 2025.
Kavita Akula was India’s first NCAA D1 athlete who graduated from Grand Canyon University in 2019. Kavita was followed by Sanjana Ramesh, who is currently a sophomore at North Arizona University, another D1 school.
Punjab’s Harsimran Kaur Dhami has already committed to the University of San Diego, another D1 program.
Asmat Kaur Taunque’s Accomplishments
The 6′ 1” Asmat had represented India at the FIBA U16 Women’s Asian Championship 2017, where she averaged 2.4 points and 1.4 rebounds while playing 5.5 minutes per game. She has been a regular member of the Madhya Pradesh State team in the National Championships. Her website lists her as having played 10 national championships across the U16, U18 and Senior categories with 6 medals. Asmat has also participated in NBA’s Basketball Without Borders Asia camp in 2018 and NBA Academies’ Women’s Programmes in India.
Check out Asmat’s highlights:
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