Clippers Take Bullock In First Round
CHAPEL HILL - The Los Angeles Clippers selected Reggie Bullock, North Carolina's most valuable player in 2012-13, with the 25th pick in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft.
Bullock is the 45th Tar Heel selected in the NBA Draft's first round and the 14th to play for head coach Roy Williams at UNC.
"I am thrilled, just absolutely thrilled for the young man," Williams says. "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.
"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."
Bullock is the first Tar Heel to be drafted by the Clippers since Joe Wolf in 1987.
Bullock averaged 13.9 points and 6.5 rebounds last year for the Tar Heels. He made 88 three-pointers, the third-most in UNC single-season history, handed out 101 assists and had 44 steals.
The Kinston, N.C., native was third in the ACC in three-point percentage, fourth in three-point field goals, 13th in scoring and 14th in rebounding.
He earned second-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors from both the coaches and media and was a first-team All-ACC Tournament selection.
In three seasons at Carolina, Bullock scored 989 points in 100 games, an average of 9.9 per game. He made 188 three-pointers and scored 20 or more points six times with a career-high 24 against Maryland as a junior. He shot 38.7 percent from three-point range (188 of 486), the 11th-highest in UNC history.
Bullock is the 25th collegian to play for Roy Williams to be drafted in the first round (11 Kansas players and 14 Tar Heels). He is the 106th UNC player selected in the NBA Draft.