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USC Basketball’s Samer Dhillon: ‘We Have To Believe In Indian Talent’

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Samer Dhillon’s playing days at USC are behind him, but he hopes what he brought to the game will push basketball to look closer at players of Indo origin.

SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) – Samer Dhillon only logged three points during his senior season with the USC men’s basketball team this season, but the 6-foot-8 Indian-American forward will remember those three points as the greatest moment of his collegiate basketball career.

During the final game of the season, head coach Andy Enfield summoned Dhillon off the bench to make just his seventh appearance of the season. In the grandstands were his family and friends, who had traveled from across California and the rest of the country in numbers (40, to be exact) to watch the 22-year-old play in possibly his last NCAA Division 1 college basketball game.

“It was the most Indians ever at a USC game,” Dhillon recalled during an interview with NBA India. “Aunties and uncles I haven’t met for ages – it was like a big Indian wedding!”

With less than 30 seconds remaining on the clock, with the Trojans cruising to victory, Dhillon attempted and made his only shot of the game, a three-pointer.

“It was an incredible opportunity and the crowd went wild.”

While Dhillon’s playing days at USC are behind him, it represents just a single chapter of his life journey thus far. For a young man who grew up in Sacramento, Calif., born to parents who immigrated from Punjab, Dhillon has undoubtedly developed into one of basketball’s most interesting characters. Off the court, he has been putting the finishing touches on his pre-med degree, hoping to one day develop a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

Aside from that, Dhillon also provides investment consulting, work that has earned him millions of dollars.

His company, Quest Investment Firm, was founded three years ago after he graduated from Sacramento’s Inderkum High School with valedictorian honors – at USC, he’s also maintained the team’s highest GPA for two years running. The company provides a range a services from asset allocation to portfolio review to wealth management and investment strategy and management, according to its website. Currently, Dhillon has 34 clients, as well as three part-time employees, six solicitors, a lawyer and tax strategist. Whether he has the know-how and expertise to become as established at the leading Jacksonville wealth management services remains to be seen at this moment in time.

Basketball remains the connecting factor in his multiple influences and ambitions.

“Basketball has influenced my whole career,” he said. “I combined finance and athletics to create the wealth management company for athletes where I now manage a lot of money for NBA and NFL players. As with medicine: I want to do more medical research related with athletics, too, like concussions.”

 

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SACRAMENTO (Diya TV) — Indian American Democrat Shrina Kurani is running for Congress in California’s 42nd district and is preparing to take on 15-year Republican incumbent Ken Calvert. Kurani is a mechanical engineer and entrepreneur and says she’s running to create more sustainable jobs in her community and to take on the status quo in Washington DC.

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Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Nearly 200,000 ‘Documented Dreamers’ appeal to Congress for help

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — With no clear path to citizenship and facing deportation, younger Indian Americans who have aged out of their parents’ visas are now appealing to lawmakers for help. The Migration Policy Institute says about 190,000 kids and young adults will be in this situation once they turn 21 years old. Some of them have now formed a coalition saying it’s time to address this ongoing issue.

Electronic signature platform DocuSign appointed Indian American Shanthi Iyer as its new Chief Information Officer. Iyer spent more than 20 years at Cisco and will lead Docusign’s efforts to improve employee productivity and the customer experience.

And Indian start-up SimSim has been acquired by Youtube. The company helps small businesses connect with social media influencers and customers. The exact terms of the deal were not disclosed but insiders say the company was valued at more than $70 million.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan

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KANDAHAR (Diya TV) — Pulitzer Prize-Winning photographer Danish Siddiqui was killed while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. The 38 year old Indian national was Reuters news agency’s chief photographer in India. Siddiqui was credited for capturing some of the most powerful images during the Covid-19 pandemic.

17-year-old Indian-American Samir Banerjee clinched the junior Wimbledon singles tennis title. Celebrating Samir’s achievement, many Indians took to social media to congratulate the youngster.

Jeff Bezos blasted off into space Tuesday on his Blue Origin rocket ship. It was the company’s first flight with people on board.  Bezos is now the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft. The Amazon founder was accompanied by his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas — the youngest and oldest to ever fly in space.

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