When Reggie Bullock came to North Carolina three years ago, he was a highly touted wing player with a great jump shot. Unfortunately for him, when he came to Chapel Hill, he was really an after thought after fellow recruits Harrison Barnes and Kendall Marshall. Now, in his junior season, Reggie is in the forefront and is looked to to be the guy who can come out every night and lead his team to victory. I’m happy to say, that Reggie certainly has taken this role in full stride.
Saturday against Maryland, was the best I’ve ever seen Reggie play basketball. I’ve seen great performances before and he even went through a cold spell through most of the second half, but all in all, this game was his finest hour in a Tar Heel uniform. He came out hot and made smart choices on the floor and reaped the rewards for it. His 21 first half points was more than the total for the entire Maryland team (20).
It’s fun to see Reggie having so much success on the floor. He genuinely looks like he’s really enjoying himself. He went through all those knee issues as a freshman and played the role of a substitute as a sophomore. Now he’s the lead guy, a starter logging major minutes and looked at to make major shots, but with Reggie, it’s just about playing basketball.
Bullock has been so key for Carolina over the course of the season and the player he’s really evolving into has been more than anyone really ever anticipated, much less expected. He’s certainly making a name for himself around the ACC and will more than likely grab some sort of All-Conference honor at the end of the year. While being an ACC stand out is a nice recognition for the hard work you’ve put in as a player to improve your game on the floor, Reggie will be the first to tell you that his drive and motivation comes from more of a higher purpose. He wants his team to win.
Reggie’s success is certainly a big headline for the Heels at this point in the year, but it shouldn’t come to much of a surprise for us that watch. Anyone who has played with Reggie over the years or even watched him closely, knew that Reggie was a great basketball player and it was only a matter of time before he unveiled his full potential. While I love what I’ve seen from him, I’m counting on this being merely another stepping stone to an even higher level to Bullock’s game and that we will continue to see him transform into a star.
If UNC plans on making any noise come March this season, Reggie’s growth and success will undoubtedly be something they will count on.