New Mexico State redshirt freshman Sim Bhullar is an INCREDIBLY LARGE MAN.
Game #9-028: New Mexico State at Oregon State BeaversNovember 11, 2012 9:30 pm
He is 7 feet, 5 inches, and 360 pounds of Indian-Canadian basketball behemoth.
The INCREDIBLY LARGE MAN has INCREDIBLY LARGE DREAMS, once telling the New York Times that he wants to play in the NBA. The INCREDIBLY LARGE MAN also has INCREDIBLY LARGE POTENTIAL, as few players are blessed with a near 8-foot wingspan and the ability to dunk from their tiptoes. He moves relatively well and fluidly for a man of his size, even if he doesn't yet seem comfortable in games, often drifting out of position on offense and defense.
For the Aggies, the INCREDIBLY LARGE MAN is an INCREDIBLY LARGE LUXURY, as they were among the top offensive and defensive rebounding teams in the country last season and return much of their interior depth apart from WAC player of the year Wendell McKines and fellow starter Hamidu Rahman. At the start of the game against Oregon State in the 2K Sports Classic preliminary round, the INCREDIBLY LARGE MAN took an INCREDIBLY LARGE SEAT on the NMSU bench, stuck behind incumbent center Tshilidze Nephawe. Nephawe, himself large at 6-foot-10, 268 pounds, is still seven inches and nearly 100 pounds smaller than his INCREDIBLY LARGE BACKUP.
The INCREDIBLY LARGE MAN made his INCREDIBLY LARGE DEBUT to college basketball right after the first media timeout, replacing Nephawe as the Aggies led by four. They led by five four minutes later when the INCREDIBLY LARGE MAN took a breather, Bhullar returned two minutes later as Aggies coach Marvin Menzies tried to stifle an Oregon State run started by a three-pointer, steal and layup by incredibly small guard Ahmad Starks, all 5 feet, 9 inches, and 165 pounds worth.
It didn't work, and it was apparent immediately. On the Beavers' next possession, the incredibly small guard went right at the INCREDIBLY LARGE MAN in a pick and roll, crossed him over and put up a jump shot that continued the home team's run. (The incredibly small guard admitted after the game that he was going to try and exploit the INCREDIBLY LARGE MAN's size and commensurate lack of lateral quickness.)
The incredibly small guard stole the show at that point, leading OSU on a 22-7 run to turn the game upside down. He finished the game with INCREDIBLY BIG NUMBERS: 33 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals on 11-for-21 shooting, as the Beavers were never seriously challenged in the second half, cruising to a 71-62 win.
Our INCREDIBLY LARGE PROTAGONIST had an incredibly small impact:. One point on 1-for-4 free-throw shooting, no field goals on one attempt, two blocks and two rebounds in 15 minutes. But worry not New Mexico State fans - he has an INCREDIBLY LARGE TIME FRAME in which to figure out Our Game. And if he does, you will have on your team a caliber of dominant low-post presence unseen in the Mid-Majority. at OREGON STATE 71, NEW MEXICO STATE 62
NEW MEXICO STATE 0-1 (0-0) -- C. Rasmussen 4-10 0-0 12; D. Mullings 4-10 6-7 14; B. Sy 4-13 3-5 12; T. Watson 5-11 4-7 14; T. Nephawe 2-5 5-8 9; K. Ross-Miller 1-5 0-0 2; S. Bhullar 0-1 1-4 1; T. de Rouen 2-7 0-0 4; R. Dixon 3-4 0-1 6; K. Aronis 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 21-58 19-32 62.
OREGON STATE 2-0 (0-0) -- A. Starks 11-21 9-12 33; A. Brandt 3-8 0-0 8; J. Burton 6-13 1-1 13; R. Nelson 3-10 3-4 9; E. Moreland 2-5 0-0 4; J. Reid 0-1 4-4 4; C. Barton 0-0 0-0 0; D. Collier 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-59 17-21 71.
Three-point goals: NMSU 1-11 (T. Watson 0-1; B. Sy 1-6; T. de Rouen 0-3; K. Aronis 0-1), ORSU 4-12 (A. Brandt 2-3; R. Nelson 0-2; A. Starks 2-7); Rebounds: NMSU 37 (B. Sy 9), ORSU 29 (A. Brandt 6); Assists: NMSU 5 (T. Watson 3), ORSU 14 (A. Brandt 5); Total Fouls -- NMSU 17, ORSU 23; Fouled Out: NMSU-None; ORSU-D. Collier.