Two 7-footers and a 6-10 player brought plenty of attention to the Kiski School basketball program the past two years, but all three of the players withdrew from the prep school in Saltsburg Tuesday.
Sim Bhullar, a 7-foot-4 junior, Tanveer Bhullar, a 7-2 sophomore and Sim's brother, and 6-10 junior Stefan Jankovic all plan to transfer to schools outside the state, said Kiski School coach Daryn Freedman. All three players are from Toronto and enrolled at Kiski for the 2009-10 school year. Sim Bhullar had scholarship offers from Pitt and West Virginia while Jankovic also had offers from Division I colleges.
Freedman, in his second year as coach, said the players' departures were a shock. The players already had been playing in games this season for Kiski, which is not part of the WPIAL. Freedman claimed AAU basketball and the influence of other people associated with AAU basketball outside Western Pennsylvania were the reasons for the players' departure.
"Basically, this had to do with AAU stuff," Freedman said. "It's one of those bad, dirty parts of basketball. It's sad, but they've moved on."
But the three players had played for Freedman's Basketball Stars of America AAU team in the past.
"The Bhullar brothers are going to split up," Freedman said. "There are rumors that Sim and Stefan are looking at Huntington [W.Va.] Prep. Tanveer may be going to a school in Maryland."
Freedman said he still has six players on his roster who are Division I college prospects. Although Kiski School is not in the WPIAL, it will play against WPIAL teams Dec. 10-11 in the Riverside tournament.
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