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Reggie Bullock leaving UNC early for the NBA

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Reggie Bullock's departure leaves a hole on offense that North Carolina must fill next season. (USATSI)

While it continues to wait for a decision from James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina did suffer an early-entry blow. Swingman Reggie Bullock is heading to the NBA, the school announced on Tuesday.

Bullock was a key part in the Tar Heels' late-season run this season, sharing the forward roles with P.J. Hairston in a smaller lineup. He averaged 13.9 points and 6.5 rebounds while shooting nearly 44 percent from behind the arc.

The 6-foot-7 junior from Kinston (N.C.) is projected as a late-first round/early-second round draft pick. He has good strength and athleticism and is a very good 3-point shooter. Given his ability to defend multiple positions, Bullock should be able to find a role at the next level.

Where does this leave North Carolina? Part of the reason the Tar Heels were so successful down the stretch was they were able to create matchup problems with McAdoo at the five, surrounded by four perimeter players. With Bullock and Dexter Strickland gone, does North Carolina still have the personnel to play that lineup?

McAdoo is still the key decision, although getting a commitment from top-ranked recruit Andrew Wiggins would also be a huge boost.

As it stands, Marcus Paige and Hairston return on the perimeter, with Leslie McDonald also back. J.P. Tokoto and freshman point guard Nate Britt will also factor in somehow. Up front, one of the young big men will have to take the next step. Brice Johnson and Joel James both showed flashes during their freshman seasons, while incoming recruits Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks will also get minutes.

North Carolina went 24-10 this past season, getting knocked out in the Round of 32 by Kansas.

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