Bhullar began his Aggie career with an outstanding freshman campaign in 2012-13. He averaged 10.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game en route to earning WAC Freshman of the Year honors. He was the first Aggie to garner the award in the WAC and first player at NM State since James Moore was tabbed Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year in 2001. Bhullar helped the Aggies win their second consecutive WAC Tournament title with two of his three double-doubles during the season in the tournament en route to collecting the WAC Tournament Most Valuable Player honors. He became the first freshman since Shawn Bradley in 1991 to earn the award. He had 14 points and 10 rebounds against Texas State (March 15) in the semifinals and 16 points and 15 rebounds versus UT Arlington (March 16) in the championship game. In 2012-13, Bhullar recorded 85 blocked shots, which set the single-season record and ranks seventh on the all-time list at NM State. He helped set the team record of 193 rejections as well during his freshman campaign. Bhullar shot 62.1 percent from the field, which ranked fourth on the single-season list and first in the WAC. In conference games only, he led the WAC in field goal percentage (60.2) and blocks (54). Bhullar was a third team All-WAC and WAC All-Newcomer team selection. Bhullar grabbed a career-high 18 rebounds and scored 17 points for his first career double-double at UTSA (Feb. 2). Bhullar tallied three 20-point games as a freshman including a career-high 25-point performance against Missouri State (Dec. 22).
Bhullar arrived in Las Cruces after spending a season at Huntington Prep in Huntington, W.V. He led Huntington Prep to a 22-3 overall record and No. 12 national ranking in 2010-11. He was a McDonald’s All-American nominee in 2011 and was an ESPN top 100 recruit.
Bhullar spent two seasons at The Kiski School in Saltsburg, Pa. In 2009-10, he averaged nearly a triple-double with 16 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks per game and was named the most improved player of the squad after helping Kiski to a 16-3 record.
In international competition, Bhullar came off the bench to score 16 points, grab four rebounds and block three shots against the U.S. at the FIBA Americans Under-18 Tournament in San Antonio, Texas in 2010. He played with Team Canada in the Nike Global Challenge in Portland, Ore., in 2009-10. He also played in the FIBA Under-19 World Championships in Latvia in 2011.
Bhullar is the son of Avtar and Varinder Bhullar and was born in Toronto, Ontario. He is majoring in sociology. Bhullar’s younger brother, Tanveer, is joining the Aggies in fall 2013.
|Hometown:||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|High School:||Huntington Prep|