North Carolina junior guard Reggie Bullock is in a bit of a slump the last couple games and the only way he’s going to get out of it is if he asserts himself more offensively.
Bullock is one of just two true scoring threats in the starting lineup (along with James Michael McAdoo) the team needs him to score and to do that he needs to demand the basketball and find ways to take more field goal attempts. This is especially true with P.J. Hairston doubtful for Saturday’s game with a concussion, brain injuries are very unpredictable and we have no idea when Hairston will get back into the lineup, the team needs Bullock.
Bullock is the teams second leading scorer at 13.7 points per game, he leads the ACC in three point shooting percentage connecting on 47.5% of his attempts from beyond the arc. Given Roy Williams‘ insistence on starting two offensively inept players around Bullock, McAdoo and point guard Marcus Paige it’s imperative that Bullock acts like one of the stars on this team.
In the last two games Bullock has put up just 19 shots and scored a dismal 18 points. Against NC State Bullock didn’t begin to assert himself offensively until deep into the second half and missed two critical three point shots down the stretch. Shooters need to well, shoot the basketball.
Take P.J. Hairston for example, he plays on average 9.2 less minutes (total of 175 for the season) than Bullock does yet Bullock has only attempted 14 more FGs this season (184-198). Both players are similar in that they are not great ball handlers and they rely heavily on their outside shot, what separates Bullock and Hairston is P.J.’s willingness to assert himself offensively. Bullock is a fine player the next step he needs to take is playing with the confidence of one and not being timid to take a leading role on offense.