HS: Kinston (N.C.)
AAU: CP3 All-Stars
Class of 2010
Like so many young players, I was able to get my first look at Bullock at Nike's Hoop Jamboree. Even back in June of 2007 it was clear to see that the then 15-year-old was a gifted prospect and I rated him as an elite high major prospect writing; "A smooth wing operator with a pretty jumper, Bullock was perhaps one of the top five wing performers/prospects in the entire camp. With a well proportioned basketball frame (long arms, wiry strong), nice feel for things on the offensive end and a live set of legs, he pretty much scored at will once he got comfortable."
Because of his compact stroke and high release point, Bullock is able to unload his jumper in a hurry and actually appears to be bigger than he really is because of his ability to shoot over zones. More importantly, he appears to be equally comfortable shooting off the catch -- say after curling off of a screen -- or shooting after a dribble or two to generate rhythm or move into the pull-up jumpers from mid-range that he so heavily favors.
While not a flashy ball handler, he is a very effective one capable of going to his right or left. He rarely takes more than two or three dribbles at a time when looking to generate offense. Bullock puts the ball on the deck with a clear purpose in mind and when he can't get where he wants to go, his willingness to pick the ball up, turn and find an open teammate or back things out helps to cut down on ball handling mistakes.
Where Bullock has been tremendously underrated, though, is on the defensive end and as a rebounder on either end of the court. Instead of supreme athletic ability, Bullock uses intelligence, spacing and a natural feel for knowing where the ball is going to end up to excel in those other less celebrated aspects of the game.
While he does a good job of taking care of the ball, Bullock could always improve his ball handling. Many are projecting him as a shooting guard, but until he becomes quicker off the dribble and relies a little less on his length and general size advantage, he's much more of a natural small forward.
Finally, Bullock has gotten stronger over the years but he definitely needs to add more bulk to his wiry frame. Also, it wouldn't hurt for him to become a little more explosive with both his first step off the dribble and ability to get off the floor and finish around the hoop.
Don't be fooled, though, he's not doing so much damage because he's taking it easy. The game might look like it comes without much effort, but it's clear that Bullock is a guy who has spent significant time honing his craft and because of that it's easy to believe that he's got a chance to do very good things in college and potentially well beyond.
Scouting Report: Reggie Bullock
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