Bullock's biggest basketball moment a near miss
Posted June 28, 2013
Updated June 29, 2013
Kinston, N.C. — On the biggest day of his basketball career, University of North Carolina guard Reggie Bullock opted for the element of surprise. Instead or attending the draft, or even following along on social media, the Kinston native decided to watch the draft on TV at home with friends and family like the rest of the country.
"My agent called me and asked me how I wanted my decision to go," Bullock said. "Some of the players usually find out on TV with everybody else, but I thought, ‘I think I need that phone call because I need to know because I'd rather know before everybody else.' And that's when I decided, you know, I'll just find out like everybody else."
Well, almost everybody else.
"His agent actually placed a call, and I stepped over to the side, and he said he's going in the next pick to L.A.," Bullock's high school basketball coach Wells Gulledge said. "It's hard to keep a secret."
When the Los Angeles Clippers went on the clock with the No. 25 overall pick in the first round, Bullock stepped out – totally unaware of what was to come.
"Reggie got up and went to the bathroom," Gulledge laughed. "One of his high school teammates had to go out and get him, and bring him back in."
Crisis averted. Bullock returned to the viewing area and did not miss the moment his entire life has been building towards.
Bullock, who averaged 13.9 points and almost three assists per game last year, said electing for the no-call was definitely the right call. The Clippers, meanwhile, said selecting Bullock was also the right call.
“We had targeted him as one of the guys we wanted,” Clippers senior vice president of basketball operations and head coach Doc Rivers said in a statement on the team’s website. “We felt like we needed more shooting. He does that.”
Bullock made at least three 3-pointers in 17 games last season, hitting at least one in 33 of the team’s 36 games.
And to top things off, the 6-foot-7, 205-pounder was surrounded by family, friends, and a good portion of the Kinston community in a sea of real emotion.
"To hear my name called, it's an honor, it's a blessing for me," Bullock said.