March Madness is upon us and college basketball fans may have noticed a new face in this weekend’s highlight reels. The 20-year-old New Mexico State center Sim Bhullar was integral to the team’s 64-55 victory over UT-Arlington of Friday, with 16 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 blocks.
Along with his brother Tanveer, Bhullar first started getting mainstream attention two years ago, when the two Canadian siblings transferred to the Kishi School in Pennsylvania in order to hone their basketball skills. Now a 7-foot-4, 355 pound college freshman, Sim Bhullar was watched closely by college scouts throughout his high school playing career. Tanveer is currently a 7-foot-3 high school junior and SB Nation reports New Mexico State is recruiting him as well.
New Mexico State remains a long shot in this year’s NCAA tournament, but Bhullar and his teammates seem to be taking it all in stride. In an interview with The Alamogordo Daily News, Bhullar said his team was excited they had gotten so far.
“It’s my first time in a tournament atmosphere, but I think we are all ready for it,” Bhullar said. “Everyone is focused and knows what the goal is.”
New Mexico State will play the Saint Louis Billikins on Thursday at 2:10 pm EST. The game will air on TNT.
Screenshot via SB Nation.