At 7-4, 280 pounds, it's easy to be the center of attention, but Sim Bhullar has been working on adding new dimensions to his game. The junior center at Kiski Prep played host to the 2010 National Prep Tip-Off Basketball Tournament this past weekend, which helped kickoff his team's season which will include close to 40 games this season.
Bhullar has gotten interest from several Big East schools. He says the heightened level of competition that his school plays is a big factor in the interest that he is receiving.
"It's really great, because you get to play against the best competition in the country," Bhullar said. "That just prepares you for college. You're going against guys who have the same skill level as you, and higher. It just gets you ready to play the good players in college."
He has earned a reputation as a big man with quick hands, and one that can be agile for being 7-4. It's natural for him to be the shot-blocker on the inside, but he is constantly looking for ways to improve his game and add new dimensions to his game.
"A couple of times, I'll go to the perimeter," Bhullar said. "I'm just basically a shot-blocker in the paint. Sometimes, I like to step out and hit the three."
Based on size alone, Bhullar gets interest. As a result of his team's hefty schedule, and a busy summer, Bhullar has gotten some good exposure. Several Big East teams are taking a good look at him.
"West Virginia, Pitt, Syracuse, Georgetown, Cincinnati," Bhullar said of the schools he hears from. "(Recruiting) is going really well. I started to take some visits this year. I'll probably make more by the end of the summer. It's going really great."
He took an unofficial visit to Pitt a couple weeks ago, where he had the chance to take a look at the campus and meet with the coaching staff.
"I went to the campus; I got a quick tour of the campus a couple weeks back," Bhullar said. "I met all the coaches and had a really good time. I talk to Coach Skerry a lot; regularly. Coach Dixon came to almost every game this summer."
Whether it's Pitt or somewhere else, Bhullar sees himself playing in the Big East some day.
"The Big East has a lot of teams that like to bang it down low," Bhullar said. "They really try to get the big guy the ball in their offense, like Pitt and West Virginia. That's what I really like about the Big East."