Getting To Know The 2010 USA Nike Hoop Summit Team: Reggie Bullock
April 2, 2010 - Colorado Springs, Colo.
In four varsity seasons at Kinston H.S. (N.C.), 2010 USA Nike Hoop Summit Team member Reggie Bullock compiled more than 2,000 points, collected two state titles and racked up a long list of honors and accomplishements. As a senior in 2009-10, he averaged 27.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 3.4 steals and 2.3 blocks per game to lead Kinston to a North Carolina 2A state title and a 28-4 record.
One of three USA Nike Hoop Summit Team members headed to the University of North Carolina in the fall, Bullock played for the East Team in the 2010 McDonald's All-Star Game. Contributing six points, six boards, one assist and one steal in 17 minutes played on March 31, Bullock happened to also fall short against World Team member Cory Joseph in the Boys 3-Point Shootout on March 29. The next time Bullock gets a chance to compete against Joseph, however, he said he excpects the result to be different. His chance will come April 10 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore., as the USA takes on the World Select Team in the 13th Annual Nike Hoop Summit.
The 2010 Associated Press and Gatorade North Carolina Player of the Year, Bullock talked with USABasketball.com about the recent McDonald's All-America Game, his future as a Tar Heel and his expectations for the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit.
On participating in the 2010 the McDonald's All-Star Game along with eight of his Nike Hoop Summit U.S. teammates:
It was a fun time, just going to chill with some of the top players, going to the Ronald McDonald House to see some of the kids who are sick and to actually see how blessed I am to play the game. Basically a chance to just give a little back. It's a special talent that I have, and I got to make the most of it. Chillin' with the different players and seeing different sides of their personalities, and spending a lot of quality time with them was fun.
I talked to them at the McDonald's Game, but not a lot really. They seem like good guys.
You played with your future UNC teammates Harrison Barnes and Kendall Marshall in the McDonald's game and will again in the Nike Hoop Summit, can you tell me about your relationship with them?
It's going to fun playing with them again. All of us are getting to know each other's game. I've learned their different personalities. We've been spending a lot of time together before we all go to college together.
You won a state title, did you feel that you had accomplished what you wanted in your high school career?
I felt like my high school career and my senior year was a success. I won a state championship, Kendall won a state championship and Harrison won state championship. That's what we said -- by our senior year, we all wanted to win, and we all won.
When did you realize that you could be an elite basketball player?
Basketball probably became serious for me around the seventh grade when I realized I could maybe go to college for free. So I started working hard. While other players were going to go play Playstation II and other stuff, I was always in the gym working.
Is there a player that you look up to as a role-model for your game?
For someone who hasn't seen you play, could you describe your style?
I have a savy game. I rebound the ball well. I have a soft touch. I can shoot the three-ball. I'm a team player, and I play defense.
What are you most focused on improving right now?
My midrange game, and becoming a better all-around basketball player.
What made you decide on North Carolina?
The tradition; they treat you like family there. Roy Williams is one of the best coaches, and I wanted to stay close to home. Carolina always interested me.
What do you hope to accomplish in the Nike Hoop Summit?
Just playing well and bringing the title back home to the USA; defeating the World Team while all playing together and having fun.
Will playing in the Rose Garden be something special for you?
The Rose Garden will be special. A lot of history was made there, a lot of great plays there, and I've never played in an NBA arena, so it will be a lot of fun.