It's no secret that Michigan needs to get bigger in the post. Tackling that issue remains a recruiting priority for John Beilein & company, and lately they've focused their attention on a youngster that would address their size problems in spades. Huntington Prep's Sim Bhullar isn't just big, he's huge. 7-4, 280-pounds to be exact.
"I would say that I'm a great post player," Bhullar said confidently. "I have nice hands and I can finish around the rim, but I can step out and hit a jumper. I can occasionally hit a three. I hit a three a couple of times this year."
Perimeter contributions are likely considered a bonus by the programs pursuing this statuesque prospect. His potential impact around the basket is what they covet most, and that almost certainly is true of the Maize & Blue.
"I really don't know a lot about Michigan," Bhullar admitted. "I'm just starting to research them and going over the past couple of seasons. I got calls from Coach (Bacari) Alexander. He came to a couple of my games. But I don't know a lot about Michigan right now. I plan to visit, probably during spring break."
Both sides are clearly still in the feeling out stages, but a number of other programs are much further along in that process.
If the Wolverines do decide to jump into the fray, Ann Arbor's close proximity to his family in Toronto could serve as a small feather in their cap.
"Yeah, definitely (it's a plus)," said Bhullar. "My mom would prefer for me to stay closer to home, but it is not a real big issue. It'll (depend more on) whatever is going to be the best fit for me academically and basketball wise. I guess where I'll get the ball a lot and I'll develop. My final goal is to try and make the NBA and I just want to go to the best school possible that can get me to that goal."
Another factor that could help determine fit is Bhullar's graduation date.
"I have all my credits and everything, so I have a chance to leave this year," he explained. "I haven't decided if I'm going to go this year or next year. But I am still 2012 right now."
With so much still to be determined, Bhullar insists he hasn't even begun to sorting through his list of suitors yet.
"I'm just wide open right now," he stated. "I'm going to take some visits and probably make a decision this summer coming up."
The school that ultimately wins this sweepstake may actually be hitting the lotto twice. Bhullar's younger brother, Tanveer Bhullar, is highly coveted youngster in his own right. One lucky school may wind up being uniquely positioned to land the towering sibling tandem.
"We've talked about (playing college ball together)," Bhullar said. "He is at Montverde Academy in Florida right now. He's 7-2. It is not for sure (that they'll play together at the next level) but it is still a possibility."