Originally from Bangalore, Ashika Kuruvilla is ready to make it big as a professional basketball player. At least that’s what the 6-foot-1, 18-year-old hopes.
After showing some potential at the Sub-Junior and Youth level of play for India and for the state of Karnataka, Kuruvilla took her game to the United States to receive better coaching and training. With one season complete at Baruch College of CUNY, Kuruvilla is that much closer to realizing her potential.
While Kuruvilla had a limited role in her first season of college basketball, she was an integral part of the team that won the CUNYAC championship. Kuruvilla and the Bearcats also participated in the Division 3 NCAA tournament.
Named the CUNYAC Rookie of the Week on February 3, 2014, Kuruvilla finished the season averaging 4.0 PPG, 5.0 RPG, 1.0 APG, and 1.0 BLKPG in 14 MPG. She played in 27 games during the 2013-14 season. During the week she won the award, Kuruvilla put up 9.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 2.0 blocks per game.
Kuruvilla’s choice to move to America to pursue basketball will ultimately give her more opportunities within the sport than she would have gotten if she was still playing in India. Sure, she averaged over 24 points and 8.0 rebounds per game against Indian competition in high school, but the level of play in the U.S. will help prepare her for the pro career she hopes to one day have.
For someone who started playing competitively just 4-5 years ago, her understanding and feel for the game are beyond exemplary. Just as Satnam Singh Bhamara and Sim Bhullar are hoping to be India’s first athlete in the NBA, Kuruvilla has similar dreams for the WNBA. With basketball now being a global game, the future is bright for Kuruvilla, whether she’s playing in the U.S., Europe or even India.