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CHAPEL HILL - UNC’s Reggie Bullock was selected by the LA Clippers as the No. 25 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
The versatile shooting guard/small forward showed improvement in NBA workouts, and moved up from early projections of going somewhere in the second round.
UNC head coach, Roy Williams, says, “I am thrilled, just absolutely thrilled for the young man. I’m as ecstatic as I could possibly be. I spoke to Reggie just moments after he was selected and he’s so happy and excited. He really did a great job throughout the pre-draft process with his workouts and interviews, especially with the Clippers.”
During his junior campaign at UNC, Bullock averaged 13.9 points on 48 percent shooting, sinking 43.6 percent of his three-point attempts. Standing at 6-foot-7, he was also the team’s No. 2 rebounder (6.5 per game) in a four-guard lineup, while his length made him a reliable perimeter defender. Bullock scored 989 points in 100 games at Carolina, and made 188 three-pointers.
Bullock joins a lineup loaded with talent, including Wake Forest Alum Chris Paul and big man Blake Griffin. Clipper’s head coach Doc Rivers is entering his first year with the team as well. During his nine seasons with the Boston Celtics, Rivers compiled 416 wins and led them to the NBA Finals twice, winning the 2008 title against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bullock is the 14th Tar Heel for Roy Williams to be drafted in the first round and the 106th UNC player selected in the NBA Draft.
Remainder of Coach Williams’ Quote
“Everyone knows by now that I was a bit scared initially about his decision to enter the draft because the NBA people that I spoke to said he was a borderline first or second round pick. Most of them told me they thought he would go in the top of the second round, including the NBA evaluation committee. So that was the cause of my concern for someone I care so much about. But the Clippers selecting Reggie in the first round shows everyone how well he performed under pressure in the pre-draft workouts. I take my hat off to him. He earned that first round pick.
He’s going to play for an outstanding coach in Doc Rivers, a friend of mine. Doc’s going to do great things with the Clippers and I am just thrilled that Reggie is going to get a chance to be part of that success.”