A year ago, we wrote about Reggie Bullock's potential impact for the Tar Heels, giving them the perimeter shooting they so desperately needed to space the floor for bigs like John Henson and Tyler Zeller to operate and fellow-wing Harrison Barnes to get some better looks. But he had only been so disappointing to date- shooting under 30 percent from behind the arc as a heralded freshman, but is quickly coming on as a sophomore. In the past two games, Bullock has netted 9 3-point baskets on 15 attempts (60 percent) and in both games, North Carolina has eclipsed the 100-point plateau on offense. Think the two are not related? Think again.
Bullock set a career-high with 23 points and 6-of-7 from deep against Tennessee State, where he became such a threat, that the Tigers seemingly forgot about three All-Americans in the frontcourt. Bullock became the most dangerous weapon on the floor with his deep range and quick trigger. The threat of his perimeter-shot became such a force that Henson, Zeller and Barnes faced few double-teams and shot a collective 20-of-33 from the floor (61 percent), keeping on pace with the rest of the team who shot a scorching 62.1 percent from the field.
This is exactly what scouts are looking for out of Bullock. He has the size, length and athleticism to project to the NBA, but seemed to lack focus and hesistated whenever he touched the ball. Last time, for the first time his career, he caught the ball and let it fly. He set himself up a few times off the dribble and pulled-up on a dime. If he can continue this torrid shooting from the outside, North Carolina will be very difficult to matchup with given their depth and firepower.