Even with four new starters to the lineup in the upcoming season, North Carolina is not expected to take a step back; Dexter Strickland and Leslie McDonald are returning from injury, James Michael McAdoo is a rising sophomore star and wing Reggie Bullock is looking to take the next step in his game.
This long, athletic wing can put up points in a hurry with a flurry of shots from the perimeter, whether its spotting up on the wing or getting inside the arc with his dribble and pulling up. He will get the first-chance at replacing the likes of Harrison Barnes in the lineup and with an increased effort and diversified offensive game, Bullock could follow in Barnes footsteps in becoming a first-round pick in 2013.
We know the perimeter game is there - he's showed that early and often throughout the year- connecting on 38.2 percent of his 3-point attempts this season with deep, deep range and a quick trigger. The 6'6" Bullock can use an effective shot-fake to create space for himself and has an excellent handle of the ball to create for himself and pull-up to connect for the bucket.
But we are looking to Bullock to use his size, athleticism and skill to score in the paint more. He attempted just 22 free-throws this past season despite playing 25 minutes per game in UNC's 38 contests, including 18 as a starter. If Bullock can add some strength to his frame and put in the work over the summer, he would benefit greatly from a basic post-game- enabling him to post-up smaller defenders with some simple baby hooks an a step-back/face-up jumper to complement. Bullock also has the ability to be a solid defender but needs to show more focus and interest on that end of the floor.
A number of scouts believe that Bullock has late-first-round potential and talent and are anxiously waiting from him to take the next step with his game.