Former New Mexico State star Sim Bhullar had a monster 25-point, 25-rebound double double to lead Guangxi past Henan 114-102 in the China NBL playoff quarterfinals.
The giant 7-5, 360-pound center shot 52 percent (11-of-21) from the field.
Bhullar also had 4 assists, 2 blocks and a steal in the game.
Isaiah Austin (Baylor) added 34 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists for Guangxi, which took a 1-0 series lead in the victory.
For Henan, Josh-Emmanuel Akognon (Cal State Fullerton) poured in 44 points, while Chris Otule (Marquette) chipped in 8 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
But the star of the game was Bhullar, who is averaging 19.4 points and 13.4 rebounds this season for Guangxi.
He comes from the Taiwanese SBL, where he was the league’s fourth leading scorer and second leading rebounder, averaging 19.7 points, 15.4 boards, and 2.6 blocks this season for the Dacin Tigers.
Bhullar was named the All-Taiwanese SBL Center of the Year and voted to the All Taiwanese SBL First team.
The previous season he was in the NBA D-League, where he averaged 9.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks for the Raptors 905 in 2015-16.
A college star at New Mexico State, Bhullar led the Western Athletic Conference in blocks and field goals percentage as a sophomore, averaging 10.4 points, a team-high 7.8 rebounds, and a whopping 3.4 blocks.
The 2013 and 2014 WAC Tournament MVP, Bhullar guided the Aggies to two straight NCAA Tournament berths.
Undrafted, the massive big man played part of the season with the Sacramento Kings in 2014-15.
ESPN’s No. 82 ranked player in the 2011 high school class, Bhullar averaged a near triple-double with 16 points, 14 rebounds and 8 blocks at The Kiski School (Saltsburg, PA) in 2009-10.
He finished his last HS year at basketball power Huntington Prep, helping guide the team to a 22-3 record.
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