NBA projection: Bhullar hasn’t turned up in any mock drafts, and he wasn’t invited to the NBA Draft combine, not a good sign in projecting whether he’ll be drafted.
For the second consecutive season, Bhullar was voted Western Athletic Conference tournament MVP as he led the Aggies to the championship and an NCAA tournament bid. He led the WAC in blocked shots and field-goal percentage and was voted to the league’s all-defensive team.
Key statistics: 10.4 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 3.7 bpg, 2.1 tpg, 26.3 mpg, .648 FG, .538 FT
Cool statistic: Before Bhullar showed up, New Mexico State’s record for blocked shots in a single season was 58 (Ronald Grant, 1973-74). Bhullar smashed that record as a freshman (85) and smashed it again as a sophomore (101).
Reminds me of: Mark Eaton
What Insiders Say
New Mexico State coach Marvin Menzies
“We are 100 percent supportive of his decision to play professionally. … He has had an unbelievable impact on this program. … We will always be thankful for the time he spent here.”
What Outsiders Say
San Diego State coach Steve Fisher
“He will make life difficult for us like he has for everyone else he’s played this year.”
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Massive Sim Bhullar, who declared for the Draft after two seasons at New Mexico State, is just ... huge. At 7-foot-5 and 360 pounds, Bhullar is among the biggest prospects to ever come down the pike, an inch taller than Utah's Mark Eaton, but a couple of inches behind former Bullets/Wizards center Gheorge Muresan.
Bhullar shot 65 percent last season for the Aggies, leading them to consecutive NCAA appearances with back-to-back Western Athletic Conference Tournament MVP honors. There's always going to be concern that someone that size won't be able to keep up his stamina, especially at the NBA level, and Bhullar could well go undrafted. But if you're going to take a chance on someone, I was told long ago, take a chance on somebody big. Bhullar fits the bill. More>>