When the Raptors introduced 7-foot-5 local product Sim Bhullar to the media Wednesday, they put him on a low, cushioned seat so he could face the cameras at eye level. Nobody wanted a strained neck while interviewing him. Bhullar, 21, is used to having to make accommodations for his height and his big-man body of 360 pounds. His parents’ home in Toronto has been retrofitted, including wider doorways, for his comfort. He wears size 22 sneakers. Bhullar, who finished his sophomore season with the New Mexico State Aggies, is attracting lots of interest ahead of the NBA draft on June 26. And it’s not only because he can dunk standing on his tip-toes. His roots trace back to the Punjab area of India, and he’s been touted as the first prominent men’s basketball player of Indian descent. A Punjabi broadcast team attended his workout at the ACC too. Bhullar was at the Air Canada Centre with several other possible projects invited by the Raptors. Others to work out included: Wichita State forward Cleanthony Early, Michigan forward Glenn Robinson III and Colgate forward Murphy Burnatowski, another Canadian from Waterloo. The Raptors have the 20th overall pick in the draft, plus the 37th and 59th pick in the second round.
Raptors: Sim Bhullar, 7-foot-5 centre from Toronto, auditions for hometown team
Toronto Star | Jun 12