“We’ve had 12 guys leave early and all of them have been with my blessing, but I was more concerned and am more concerned about Reggie,” Williams told a Tar Heel Tour crowd at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center on Thursday. “I deal with them straight forward. I don’t mess around. I tell them exactly what I think. I didn’t think that was the best thing for Reggie to do, but that’s what he wanted to do.”
Nine of the first 11 early entrants – Marvin Williams, Raymond Felton, Rashad McCants, Sean May, Brandan Wright, Ed Davis, Harrison Barnes, Kendall Marshall and John Henson – were lottery picks in their respective drafts. Only Ty Lawson (18th) and Wayne Ellington (28th) in 2009 were drafted in the latter half of the first round.
ESPN draft analyst Chad Ford tweeted about the Kinston, N.C.’s draft stock on Wednesday: “Bullock is right on that first round bubble. Teams that need a shooter will give him a serious look. Good value late in the first.”
“I’m hoping that one team will pick him in the first round,” Williams said. “I’m more worried about Reggie than I have been any of those other guys, but gosh, what a great, great kid. I hope it does really work out for him. But he is the one that I said, ‘Reggie, I don’t think this is the smartest thing to do.’ But, again, that’s what the youngster wanted to do.”
Bullock earned second-team All-ACC honors in 2012-13 after averaging 13.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game, while shooting a team-high 43.6 percent from 3-point range. He scored 989 points in 100 career games as a Tar Heel.