Need some size on the roster? Head to the Bhullar house.
Sim and Tanveer Bhullar, Canadian brothers whose parents emigrated from India two years ago, could be college basketball’s next big thing. Sim, 17, is 7-foot-4 and 285 pounds. Tanveer, 15, is 7-2 and 260 pounds.
Even better? Their skill level could make them more than just sideshow attractions. That’s enough size to make any scout salivate.
As detailed in this story by Luke Winn, Sim turned heads at the FIBA tourney last week. If he wasn’t posing for photos with onlookers, he was contributing on the court.
Bhullar tends to be more lively when he receives the ball on the block. He has surprisingly good hands for someone who’s 7-4, and can drop in baby hooks or kick the ball back out of a double-team with ease. He’s also capable of sealing off defenders with a drop-step and dunking from point-blank range. In a 122-89 loss to the U.S. on Tuesday, he logged 17 productive minutes off the bench, scoring 14 points, grabbing four rebounds and blocking three shots.
Sim’s coach, Greg Francis, can’t say enough good things about him. “I know I sound like a parent who thinks too highly of his kid,” Freedman says, “but I’ve seen Sim dominate. If you give him the ball, and the opportunity to dominate, he’ll dominate. He knows what to do with it in the post.”
If this is even close to true, I dearly hope the schools reportedly interested in signing him – West Virginia, Cincinnati, Washington, Washington State, Duke, Texas, USC and Indiana – follow through. It’d be a sweet thing to see someone with his size on the big stage.
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