The North Carolina Tar Heels added a significant piece to their 2010 recruiting puzzle Wednesday afternoon. Reggie Bullock, a 6-foot-6, 185-pound shooting guard out of Kinston (N.C.) High committed to UNC after considering offers from Wake Forest and Indiana.
"It was real important for me to go there. With all the hard work I've been putting in … to go to that college I finally have the chance," Bullock said.
Bullock will tour UNC's campus Wednesday afternoon and attend UNC's game against Asheville in the evening.
Last week, UNC offered a scholarship and Bullock wasted little time in accepting.
"I just felt like all along that it was almost like the weight of the world was lifted off his shoulders," Kinston coach Wells Gulledge said. "He was talking with Coach Williams and I heard him say "Thank you for that scholarship offer. He didn't immediately say yes, he wanted to sit down and talk with his coaches and family members because it's one of the biggest decisions a young man can make in his lifetime."
North Carolina watched one of the state's elite underclassmen extensively last year. Bullock played on the same AAU team with Denzel Robinson, the son of UNC assistant Steve Robinson.
Gulledge played against former UNC standout Jerry Stackhouse in college and though they differ at the same age, the coach sees some of Stackhouse's talent in his sophomore.
"I think right now Jerry at this age was more of a power type player," his coach said. He was a big time leaper and a big strong 6-foot-6 scorer. Reggie is more of a lean slasher. What Reggie really has is a very consistent outside shot with the ability to penetrate and finish high. He's got a high floater that he learned at a young age. Some college kids work on that for four years of college but his is already there."
Bullock injured his ankle 10 days ago but quickly returned to action. He averages 18.5 points for the Vikings, one of the state's top high school programs.
"Like I told him: with big decisions come great responsibility. When Kinston comes to town we get everyone's best shot. Just wait until now that he's got the University of North Carolina attached to it."
Bullock, currently a 5-star prospect, will be one of the elite players at his position in his class nationally. The commitment is UNC's second from the Class of 2010 as Kendall Marshall previously pledged.
Dave Telep, of Scout.com -
"Reggie Bullock, in my opinion, has a chance to be one of the elite wing players in the Class of 2010 nationally. The thing with him is there's a sense of how good he can and will be and he's steadily working his way there. In my mind he's an elite prospect running his own race and when that signature moment comes, his personal stock will soar. He's got incredible pace to his game and a smoothness on the wing that defies his status as a sophomore. His ceiling is high and he's probably only halfway there."