2012 Centre Sim Bullar is no stranger to attention, standing a 7-4 tall and weighing over 338 pounds the Canadian Big Men has been a coveted prize in recruiting circles for the past three years.
In fact it “Sometimes, it feels like you’re hanging around a rock star,” joked his AAU coach, Nicholas Davis. “Everybody wants their picture taken with him. In airports or hotel lobbies, people will just come over and grab him.”
After weeks of speculation and rumors Sim Bhullar signed with the Xavier Musketeers giving Head Coach Chris Mack a huge presence in the paint to work with.
Bhullar who plays for Huntington Prep in West Virginia was excited to end his recruiting trail early.
“Xavier was a great fit for me, the recruiting process was tough and long, but in the end I felt comfortable with the coaching staff, the campus and decided to commit and join a great program with a winning tradition.”
The Canadian big of Indian decent has come along way over the years and is still a work in progress like many other 7-footers to have come before him. He Will benefit greatly from the winning tradition of the Musketeers program and experience with raw and talented bigs who are willing to put in the effort to improve their game.
Coach Chris Mack’s roster already includes 7-0, 269 lbs Senior Kenny Fraser who was in similar situation as Bhullar and has worked extremely hard and is now generating buzz as a potential NBA pick.
The Musketeer faithfully are already looking at potential nick names for their incoming freshmen some options include: Simsation’, ‘The Real Sim Shady’, ‘Simalaya’
Bhullar also received serious interest from Michigan, Pittsburgh, Georgetown, Syracuse, and Wake Forest amongst others.
Canadian Addison Patterson commits to Oregon Ducks
Canadian shooting guard Addison Patterson (Milton, Ont.) has committed to the Oregon Ducks.
The 6’7″, 205-pound guard from Bella Vista Prep in Arizona reclassified from the class of 2020, opting to fast track his NBA aspirations by committing to Dana Altman and the Ducks.
Patterson averaged 17 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists for Canada at the 2018 U17 World Cup in Argentina.
The four-star versatile wing is two-time Biosteel All-Canadian – In 2018, as 16-year-old and the youngest player on the court he point-up 18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and took home the MVP award at the 2019 most valuable player award — dropping a game-high 24 points in 22 minutes, adding, 5 rebounds and 4 assists on 8-of-15 shooting.
The the recently turned 18-year old Canadian joins NCAA College Basketball’s top recruiting class that also boasts five-star recruits in center in N’Faly Dante and small forward C.J Walker. Oregon bowed out in the Sweet 16 to 2019 NCAA champions Virgina Cavaliers.
Patterson also averaged 16.5 points per game on the AAU circuit with Team WhyNot and had various offers including Florida, Arizona State, Illinois and Iowa, Oklahoma, Syracuse and more.
The Ducks have produced two recent Canadian NBA products in Dillon Brooks (Memphis Grizzlies) and Chris Boucher (Toronto Raptors) and have been scooping-up Canadian basketball talent – earning commitments to the Ducks program from the likes of Abu Kigab (St. Catharines), Dylan Ennis (Brampton), Kenny Chery (Montreal).
Carleton Ravens and Syracuse Orange set to tangle once again
Defending champions Carleton University Ravens will once again tangle with the Syracuse Orange in a marquee match-up between U Sports and NCAA powerhouses.
The Ravens will make their second trip to the Carrier Dome on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 to wrap-up another jammed-packed 2019-2020 exhibition schedule.
The two schools first played back on August 23rd 2013 in Ottawa with Syracuse winning a thrilling 69-65 overtime victory as part of Syracuse’s Canada tour and the debut of Canadian point guard Tyler Ennis
The Orange also got the best of the Ravens, pulling-off a 88-76 win on November 2nd 2014.
The 2019-2020 will mark the debut season for new Ravens head coach Taffe Charles who takes over for Dave Smart who surprised the entire college basketball landscape by announcing his sudden retirement.
Montreal’s freshman Quincy Guerrier alongside junior point guard Howard Washington (Buffalo/NY) are the latest Canadian’s to suite-up for legendary player, turned hall-of-hame coach Jim Boeheim, who has been at the helm since 1976.
Boeheim is the king of getting Canadians in the NBA — having single-handily responsible for overseeing the growth of Leo Rautins, Kris Joseph, Tyler Ennis, Andy Rautins, and now Oshae Brissett and if it all pans out — potentially Guerrier as well.
Under the guidance of their own legendary hall-of-fame coach Dave Smart the Ravens played a Canadian record 59 games against NCAA teams – earning a more than respectable 41-51 record from 1999-2018.
The Ravens boasted an unreal and never to be broken 37-24 winning record against NCAA teams on Canadian soil but mustered-up only one victory in the USA — beating Providence 77-67 in October 28, 2017.
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