N.I. Mathurhmi, a high school student from a small village in northern India, had the same name as the New Jersey Nets forward who is in the United States on an NBA scholarship.
N.J.’s N.R. Mathuru, who plays for the Lecompton Academy team, received the nickname of Mathrubhi after the Indian star who won a national championship with India’s national team in 2008.
Mathurhumi, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound center, played for the Indian National Basketball Team (INB) in the 2011 FIBA Under-19 World Championship and the 2012 FIBA U19 World Championships.
He averaged 11.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in 16 games for INB in the FIBA Asian Championships in 2012.
He has also represented India in several international tournaments.
The team, known as the Mathrubhs, has a national-championship record of 18-4.
Nancy Satterfield, a sports psychologist and director of the National Center for Sport and Recreation Education, said Mathrubhari, who lives in the village of Khasari, had been watching basketball for years.
Satterfield said Mathuru’s mother had played for INA, a national youth team, and his father was a coach.
The INA team has a history of winning national championships, she said.
The team has won at least four titles in the past.
She said Mathurharim, who has not spoken to the media, is an honor student and is working hard to achieve success.