Jan 6, 2013; Charlottesville, VA, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard/forward Reggie Bullock (35) looses control of the ball while guarded by Virginia Cavaliers forward Evan Nolte (11) during the second half at John Paul Jones Arena. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

UNC Basketball: Why Reggie Bullock Isn't a True Star

First I want to say that I have a lot of respect for Reggie Bullock, he’s a heck of a shooter and a true team player who never puts himself above the program, he’s unselfish and he does what is asked of him.  Bullock really stepped up last season when Dexter Strickland hurt his ACL and became a very reliable defensive player and rebounder.  This season he has stepped up as a scorer and has truly been the most consistent player on the roster.  The thing he isn’t is a true star.

Bullock is the teams second leading scorer at 13.5 points per game and is probably the one player who has given consistent effort and shown heart in every contest this season.  Bullock is also a big time three point shooter this season with a 46.9% average from beyond the arc.  He’s doing  a great job on the boards at 5.8 rebounds per game which ranks him behind only McAdoo in both points and rebounds and is third on the team at 3.3 assists per game.

One aspect of Bullocks game that has not improved is his inability to create his own offense in the half court, something the Tar Heels so desperately need more of.  Bullock is many things, but he’s not a play maker, he moves well without the ball and has a great jump shot but he needs to be set up by another player to get off a good shot.

Stars need to be relied upon to create for themselves, players who can handle the basketball when the game is on the line and when the shot clock is running out and get off a high percentage shot, something Reggie cannot do.  More than half of his overall field goals (152) have come from three point range (81) with 56.4% of his total points coming off three point shots.

Reggie is a great player to have on the roster, he would be the perfect complimentary player to someone like Andrew Wiggins who can take the lead and handle the ball and create in the half court.  Bullock is having a good enough season that he could go pro after this season and probably be a first round pick on his shooting alone.  It would be wise for him to spend the summer working on his ball handling and offensive creativity, without those skills he will never be a true star.

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