Bruce wants to fulfil hoop dreams

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:41 AM ET

Toronto Argos' star receiver Arland Bruce has hoop dreams of playing in the NBA.

Bruce told the Toronto Sun yesterday about his desire to play professional basketball, with the Raptors, if possible, once the Argos are finished with their current season. All he wants is a shot.

"It's just something I haven't been able to exploit yet -- my basketball skills -- and I'm serious about this," Bruce said. "I just never thought I'd have the opportunity to really say I want to go to the NBA. With an NBA team here, it would be wild to go forth and try that. That's in the future. That has been a dream of mine.

"I could do it right now. If I leave here (after practice) and (the Raptors) say 'we need you to come out and run with us', I could do that. I'm in tip-top shape. I'm 5-foot-10. 192, but I play like I'm 6-foot-2 and my jump shot is serious."

Bruce last played organized basketball at Hutchinson Community Junior College in Kansas between 1996 and '98, before transferring to the University of Minnesota, where he stuck to football.

"On a regular basis I play (basketball) wherever I can, outside, indoors, and I know my game has developed, and that really helps me on the field," he said.

Bruce said he is a point guard who can come off a pick and hit the big shot.

"It's no joke. It's no gimmick. I really can play ball. I've played against guys like (current Washington Wizard) Anthony Peeler and (former NBAer) Tony Dumas. I've played with guys (in the NBA), and I know if I'm in that system and learn, I'd be able to play in the NBA, somewhere.

"I'm not seeking publicity. I'm just saying I'm one of those guys who can play any sport."

The 27-year-old is one of the top receivers in the Canadian Football League and already has eclipsed the 1,000-yard reception mark this season.


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