Sim, 17, is 7-4, 285 pounds. Tanveer, only 15, is 7-2, 260 pounds. Both have solid skills and are developing quickly on the court. They have a chance to become top college basketball players. They have the opportunity to become national sports heroes in India.
“Their potential is unlimited,” Joe Lewandowksi, one of their first prominent coaches, said.
Either way, they are determined to get a good education, which is how they ended up at a school in Western Pennsylvania known for a lot of things – but not basketball. Until now.
Sim, who just completed his sophomore season, averaged about 16 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks. He has three-point range and is a strong passer, but he also can run the floor and finish strong with power dunks. “You just don’t find big guys that agile,” Kiski School head coach Daryn Freedman said. “There’s nothing like him in the country right now.”
Tanveer averaged about 12 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks during his freshman season. He possesses a smooth 15- to 17-foot jumper and has quick feet and soft hands, key attributes to low-post success.
They both have improved immensely at Kiski School under Freedman, a longtime college and NBA assistant who arrived at the school about a month before the Bhullars did. They have since remade their bodies, regularly working out at 5 a.m. with the Kiski wrestling coach.
West Virginia has already offered Sim a scholarship. Duke plans to visit him. Duquesne, Florida State, Kentucky, LSU, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Texas, UMass, USC and Washington State have expressed interest in both brothers.The NBA had players from 36 countries and territories this season, but none from India.