Bullock a Star in the Making

One of the top young prospects in the state – and the nation – resides in Kinston, N.C. Reggie Bullock appears on the verge of becoming a star.

The smooth 6-6, 185-pound sophomore at Kinston High School followed a strong showing last week at the City of Palms in Fort Myers, Fla. by averaging 18.5 points in the first two games of the GSK Holiday Invitational last week, including a 23-point outing Friday night.

"Reggie gives us some extra length on the perimeter," said Kinston head coach Wells Gulledge. "He can handle the ball well and he's got a deep three … he can put the ball on the floor, penetrate and hit mid-range pullups.

As a 6-6 shooting guard, his height and length present a tough matchup for opponents – but he's apparently not done growing.

"The doctor said I've probably got two more inches [to grow]," Bullock said.

Those added inches would help him look more like the player he models his game after.

"My idol is Kevin Durant, that's why I wear the No. 35," Bullock said. "I looked at him one night on TV and watched how he played – pulled up for threes, crashed the boards, putbacks."

Bullock has also modeled his work ethic after Durant.

"When Texas came down to look at me I told them who my favorite player was and they said he was a good person to look up to because after practice when the lights went off, he was still in the gym shooting," he said. "And that's what I do."

That work ethic and desire to improve led Bullock to spend a week in August amidst NBA players and trainers in Dallas, hosted by Kinston native and NBA veteran (and former Tar Heel) Jerry Stackhouse.

"I went down and worked with his NBA trainers that trained ‘Melo, LeBron and all them," Bullock said. "I've just been working hard."

He's caught the attention of national scouts, with his name already popping up on early Class of 2010 rankings. And colleges have taken notice, too, with coaches making regular visits to Kinston.

"It's fun to have Roy Williams and all them come – Dino Gaudio from Wake Forest, Kelvin Sampson from Indiana," Bullock said. "It's fun to have them come in to watch me play.

"My top five are Ohio State, Indiana, Maryland, North Carolina and Wake Forest. Indiana and Wake Forest -- I've been offered by those two."

As for the Tar Heels?

"I went to one of their practices, and they came down to visit me," Bullock said. Coach Roy said he wanted to see me play because he heard from Coach Robinson that I'm a good all-around player and I'm a good leader when it comes to team chemistry."

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