Jeff Fedotin of Rivals.com profiles brothers Sim and Tanveer Bhullar, who were born in India, grew up in Canada and now play high school hoops in Western Pennsylvania at The Kiskie School.
(Uhhh, Coach … They Can Hear You)
17-year-old Sim is 7-4, 285 pounds. 15-year-old Tanveer 7-2, 260 pounds. If you watch video of them, you quickly learn that they’re more than the TLC’s next episode of Can’t Stop Growing.
Somehow though, that’s not the best part of the story. Their coach, a guy named Daryn Freedman, is.
Turns out that Freedman is a former eight-year NBA and college assistant under John Calipari who reportedly had “just taken over as coach“at Kiskie in Western Pennsylvania when the twin 7-footers arrived there:
The Bhullars considered other schools, including well-known basketball schools DeMatha (Md.) Catholic and Montrose (Md.) Christian. Then Lewandoski, a former Pittsburgh-area high school coach and player at Slippery Rock University, suggested The Kiski School, where Freedman had just taken over as coach.
So Freedman, who had previously coached in the NBA and big time D-1 hoops suddenly turned up at a high school you’ve never heard of as head coach? Interesting career choice. Also a complete coincidence I’m sure that two of the top underclassmen college hoops prospects just happened to be transferring there at the same time.
Freedman, who has coached at various Division 1 schools and with both the Nets and the Sixers in the NBA, has been a perfect fit.
His background not only allows him to develop the kids as players but prepare them for the recruiting process that’s ahead.
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.
Because Freedman spent eight years as an assistant under John Calipari in college and the pros - “He was my mentor, my coaching idol,” Freedman says - some assume Kentucky has the inside track. Freedman just laughs.
Why do I have a sneaking feeling other college basketball coaches don’t think it’s funny?