- Joel Francisco
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The old adage "when you're hot, you're hot" certainly applies to the top-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels at this time since Roy Williams' program received its fourth commitment from a national highly-rated prospect in the last six days. The latest to cast his lot with UNC is the top sophomore player in North Carolina and one of the top 30 overall in the Class of 2010, 6-6 2G Reggie Bullock (Kinston, N.C).
Reportedly, Williams offered Bullock a scholarship last week, and after talking it over with his family and Kinston coach Wells Gulledge, Bullock called North Carolina this morning to accept the offer. He was also being recruited by Wake Forest, Clemson, Indiana, N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Charlotte, among others.
Since Bullock plays at the same high school as Jerry Stackhouse, some have compared him to the former North Carolina All-American and current NBA standout. However, at 6-6, 170-pounds, Bullock is absolutely nothing like the powerful Stackhouse. He is a slender, high-flying athlete and a superb outside shooter. He reminds me of a young Tayshaun Prince as a schoolboy.
Bullock needs to become stronger, which he should with physical maturity and growth during his remaining 2 1/2 years of high school. I was very impressed with his play at the City of Palms Classic in Fort Myers, Fla,, and voted for him to make the All-Tournament team. He was not selected since his team finished sixth in that event.
This past spring and summer Bullock played on the CP3 15-Under travel team sponsored by Chris Paul. One of his teammates was Denzel Robinson, the son of North Carolina assistant coach Steve Robinson.
He joins a select group of highly talented underclassmen recently making decisions to play for Williams at UNC. Announcing previously were 2009 prospects 6-9 P/WF John Henson (Round Rock, Texas), 6-10 forward David Wear and 6-10 forward Travis Wear, twin brothers attending Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.).
Bullock becomes the second top-30 rated 2010 commit for the Tar Heels, joining talented 6-3 PG Kendall Marshall (Arlington, Va./Bishop O'Connell).
There is no doubt that the sky is shining a very bright Carolina blue right now over "Blue Heaven."