Sim Bhullar won't sleep as he waits for NBA team to call his name

Thirty NBA teams will have a chance tomorrow to draft a player who is taller than anyone currently playing the game at the highest level. That would be Toronto's Sim Bhullar.

7-foot-5 Toronto native would be league's tallest player

CBC's Steven D'Souza interviews the seven-foot-five centre who could become the league's tallest player and first of Indian descent 1:51

Thirty NBA teams will have a chance tomorrow to draft a player who is taller than anyone currently playing the game at the highest level. 

His name is Sim Bhullar, he’s 7-foot-5 and 355 pounds, and he's from Toronto.

The 21-year-old Bhullar told CBC News he won’t be getting any sleep tonight as he waits for the draft to get underway Thursday and hopefully for his name to be called.

"It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Not everybody gets to do it…so it's an honour and a blessing and I just thank God every day for putting me in this situation," Bhullar said.

Toronto's Sim Bhullar hopes to have his name called in Thursday's NBA draft. (CBC)

Nothing is a given, but Bhullar said that pretty much all he is thinking about at this point is what will unfold tomorrow. Being so close to his goal is hard for him to put into words.

"I can’t explain what I'm feeling right now," he said.

He's not the only guy who will be watching what happens on Thursday. When Bhullar sent out a tweet in April, saying that he would be entering the draft, it was passed around by hundreds of people on Twitter.

There's a page about him on NBA.com, laying out his perceived strengths and weaknesses. The same goes for dozens of other prospects like himself.

If he does get drafted, not only will he be the tallest man in a league of big men, he’ll also be among the first players of South Asian descent to play for an NBA team.

His parents came to Canada from India, but Bhullar was born in Toronto.

They, along with Bhullar’s sister and brother, have stood behind him as he has chased his basketball dreams all the way to the doorstep of the NBA.

"They were pushing me throughout the whole way," Bhullar said.

Bhullar is not the only basketball player — or giant — in his family. His 19-year-old brother, Tanveer Bhullar, is 7'3". Like his brother, he plays centre.

With a report from the CBC's Steven D'Souza

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