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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  • http://twitter.com/HorranCameron Horran Cameron

    I agree with some of what you said about Reggie. However, I still think that he is true star. Look at J.J. Redick for instance. He won the ACC Player Of The Year two years in a row and he couldn’t create his own shot. Duke set up screens for him to get open. The J.J. Redick who plays for Orlando in the NBA today is not a spot up shooter. Now, he drives and does a lot of other. My point is that Redick was a star in college when he was a spot up shooter. Reggie’s game is more versatile than J.J.’s. Reggie could have a better average if more plays were run for him. I believe that the focal point of the offense should be Reggie and P.J., not McAdoo. McAdoo has poor shot selection, although he has a great deal of upside. In addition, McAdoo’s free throw percentage is very low which is uncharacteristic of UNC’s star player. I think Reggie can be a star. We can agree to disagree. Reggie is the real deal. He is just starting to figure out how to be on this team. He also realizing that he and PJ need to take more shots in order for Carolina to win.

    • Keeping_It_Heel

      Reggie is good and I hate to say this but he isn’t JJ Redick. On a team that needs someone to take it to the basket and create, Bullock is not that guy

      • http://twitter.com/HorranCameron Horran Cameron

        I don’t disagree with that. He is nowhere close to J.J.. I made that point because J.J. was one-dimensional in college and couldn’t create his own shot. He excelled coming off screens; however, when he was locked down like Jackie Manuel did in a game when he was held to 2 points in the second half, then he didn’t do anything. This is a nice article.

  • coachj

    i disagree that he is having a good enough season to go pro. although technically true because he can be drafted all the way to 60, to think he will be a 1st rounder or early 2nd is a stretch. Reggie needs to up his defense and become the lockdown guy he was last year, and he needs to up his scoring a bit, mostly by getting to the FT line. If he can get 6-8 attempts from the line, his scoring goes from 13.5 to possibly 20+ a game. At that point, he will have shown to be a quality 3 and D player who isn’t afraid to get to the rim when guys overplay his shot at the next level. I say he stays another year.

    • Keeping_It_Heel

      remember though the NBA is a draft of potential. I think you would see Bullock in the late first round since he can be a pure shooter off the bench.

      • coachj

        you don’t leave school early to be picked 25th and relegated to being a bench player.

        • Keeping_It_Heel

          while I agree with that logic and it makes perfect sense you have to consider the fact that numerous players leave early year after year that are not ready. Also, Reggie is a new father and that can be a major motivator.

          I enjoy your insights noitall man I hope you join the forums here at KIH where you can debate with fellow UNC fans on this and other topics.