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First look at Reggie Bullock

Posted December 29, 2009
Updated December 30, 2009

With much the talk surrounding the GSK Holiday invitational centering around NC State commitment Ryan Harrow out of Marietta, Georgia and how special he is at the point guard position, the best collegiate prospect may have been right in our backyard here in the state of North Carolina all along. Kinston’s Reggie Bullock, already committed to UNC, and is an exceptional talent. Bullock is exactly the kind of talent that makes the University of North Carolina’s basketball program successful year in and year out.

The 6’7” Senior led his team to a 73-46 blow out of overmatched Garner in the first round of the Shavlik Randolph Foundation Invitational on Monday night. He paced the squad with 30 points and a solid 13 rebounds. More impressive than the post-game stat line was Bullock’s grasp of the fundamentals of the game.

His fundamentals and basketball savvy are impressive. Out of all 28 or 29 minutes Bullock played, I can only count 2 or 3 times that he was slightly out of proper defensive positioning. His defensive positioning and stamina to stay involved and active on the defensive end as well, as create on the offensive end was very evident as he wore on the Garner backcourt with the defensive pressure he was able to apply.

I must admit, I spent the whole game looking for mistakes, possible holes in the star’s game. It is hard to find them. He did miss a dunk on the fast break all alone on his own end which brought a few playful boos out of the crowd and a wry smile on the face of his coach, but I hate to see what he does to the rim the next time he gets a breakaway like the one he had. The man can elevate.

He has a solid three point shot, and he may take some at this level that he would not at the next level. But, his ability to shoot the three does not keep him from distributing the ball to teammates.  The thing that stood out as I watched Bullock play Monday night was how much he works on getting his teammates involved in the flow of the game. In fact, Bullock’s coach, Wells Gulledge talked about Bullock’s unselfishness after Monday’s game against Garner saying, “There are a lot of guys going to play in the ACC that get 30 or 40 shots a night, Reggie doesn’t do that, he gets his teammates involved in the game.”

I hate to even compare one player to another, especially in comparing a player in high school to one that is already making strides in the League, but in an effort to describe the kind of player Bullock is, you could look at a guy like a Wayne Ellington. Ellington was the shooting guard/small forward that helped deliver Roy Williams his second National Championship at North Carolina. Wayne Ellington by himself would probably not win you a National Championship, but what a player like Ellington or Bullock will do is make your good players better by doing all the little things defensively, and executing small offensive nuances, like an off-ball screen, a well timed basket cut, things that create openings for your other scorers. That is not to mention both of them are capable of hitting the three-ball. That is the type of potential and polished game that Bullock has the opportunity to grow into more and more at the next level.

Bullock may not see much playing time in his first season in Chapel Hill simply because of the massive amount of depth on the Heels roster, but he will improve on his already solid fundamentals under the tutelage of Roy Williams and be an impact player during his years for the Tar Heels.

Bullock's performance and tools are just another example of why Carolina is Carolina and why everyone else in the ACC is playing catch up with the Tar Heels.  Roy Williams has the right touch for finding the players to fit his system, Reggie Bullock will be an excellent piece in the established system Roy's Heels run, because Bullock will do the little things to make all the talent around him that much better. 

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  • kitchens1 Dec 29, 5:21 p.m.

    Re: Bench Warmer
    Writing positive observations about Bullock's play might mean Bullock really is a good player. It is my understanding Bullock does in fact fit in with Roy Williams' coaching style and is as good as this article indicates. BTW, the author of this article is an NCSU grad and fan.

  • heelsfan3081 Dec 29, 4:21 p.m.

    I've heard people somewhat comparing Bullock to Sam Perkins. If thats the case, who would you compare barnes and Marshall with?

    I get the jitters everytime I think about those three going to UNC next year. With their talent being added to the likes of the Wears, Strickland, Henson, Drew II, possibly Davis and maybe Zeller, its going to be fun times in Chapel Hill.

  • gsms69 Dec 29, 3:18 p.m.

    The same guy writes an article about Bullock in a 25 pt. route and sees a superstar, then writes about Harrow in a 1 pt. win and writes with skepticism. Sounds like Alverson could apply for Woodys sidekick.

  • mxteam44 Dec 29, 2:35 p.m.

    Sounds like a nice fit for Roy's system. Can't wait to see him outfitted in Carolina blue!!!

  • backnblack1969 Dec 29, 2:24 p.m.

    Reload!!!

  • DookStateSucks is back Dec 29, 1:03 p.m.

    ALERT! ALERT! ALERT!

    Here comes OBD (georgebrackettjr, BDF, whatever name he is signed under at the time) to dispute the sentence that reads "Bullock's performance and tools are just another example of why Carolina is Carolina and why everyone else in the ACC is playing catch up with the Tar Heels."

    That was bait right there. As soon as OBD stops writing blogs about how Dook rules and Carolina sucks, he will be on here protesting.

  • slayerhil Dec 29, 12:31 p.m.

    That's what I'm talkin' about.

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