SIM Bhullar, 21, of Toronto has been invited to play for the Sacramento Kings in July, reports Las Cruces Sun-News.
The newspaper says Bhullar could possibly even sign a contract with the Kings as an undrafted free agent.
Earlier on Friday, some online reports said that he was reportedly to be signed by the Sacramento Kings although he wasn’t selected in the draft itself. This would make him the first National Basketball Association player of Indian descent.
Las Cruces Sun-News reported that “the Kings play in the Las Vegas Summer League at the Thomas & Mack Center and COX Pavilion from July 11-21” and that then “Bhullar would hope for an invitation to training camp with the Kings or possibly another franchise if he does well.”
Last March, The VOICE wrote:
Sim Bhullar … is 7-foot-5, 355-pound and is the New Mexico State center in basketball. And he is getting massive publicity for his massive size – and talent.
San Diego State coach Steve Fisher told a local newspaper: “He’s so vastly improved. He’s a force.”
San Diego State coach Steve Fisher says: “He’s so vastly improved. He’s a force.”
New York Post put it this way this week: “The 21-year-old sophomore behemoth — who was 6-foot-5 by the sixth grade, and now has size-22 feet and an 8-foot wingspan — can play a tiny bit. He put up 10.3 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.4 blocks while averaging 26.2 minutes per game for the WAC champion Aggies.”
The newspaper noted: “His not-so-little brother Tanveer, who stands only 7-foot-3, is a freshman at New Mexico State.”
Their father is 6’3″ and their mother 5’10”.
In a July 2011 profile of Bhullar, The New York Times stated he “is poised to become the world’s first prominent men’s basketball player of Indian descent” and could be the “next great basketball ambassador” to Asia since Chinese star Yao Ming.