The Kiski School basketball team just got a "lot" smaller.
The prep school in Saltsburg, Pa., had been receiving attention the past two years because of three large basketball players - 7-foot-4 Sim Bhullar, 7-2 Tanveer Bhullar (Sim's younger brother) and 6-10 Stefan Jankovic. But all three withdrew from Kiski School Tuesday and apparently plan to transfer to schools out of state. All three are originally from Toronto and enrolled at Kiski for the 2009-10 school year.
"It's a complete shock to everybody," Kiski coach Daryn Freedman said of the players' departures.
Freedman said the departures of the players had to do with AAU basketball more than anything. Besides being Kiski School's coach, Freedman also coached the players on his Basketball Stars of America AAU team. Freedman said other AAU teams wanted the players.
Sim Bhullar and Jankovic are both juniors, while Tanveer Bhullar is a sophomore.
"They were doing fine. They improved a million times over since they came here," Freedman said. "They went from nothing to being highly-ranked players, especially the older two."
Freedman said Sim Bhullar had scholarship offers from Pitt and West Virginia. Jankovic also had Division I offers. Freedman, though, said the team will still be strong with some other major-college prospects.
Kiski School already has started its season, but will play in the Riverside Tournament against WPIAL teams Dec. 10-11.I'll have more on this story in tomorrow's Post-Gazette.