KINSTON, LENOIR COUNTY - Now that Kinston native Reggie Bullock is a member of the Los Angeles Clippers, Head Coach Doc Rivers is giving his take on the 25th pick in Thursday night's NBA Draft.
"Well, it turned out that the guy we drafted, I actually had a chance to see," Rivers told ESPN's Shelley Smith. "Obviously, I used to go to a lot of the Duke games, and they played that other team called North Carolina, so that was nice. We are looking for a shooter. It was a pretty good pick for us as far as we're concerned."
Bullock was with his family in Kinston Thursday night when NBA Commissioner David Stern announced the Clippers selected him 25th overall in the NBA Draft. NewsChannel 12 caught up with the former Kinston High School and UNC star right after he learned where he was heading.
"Just hearing my name called is just a blessing for me," Bullock said."I feel good coming from a small town, going to a big city, which is L.A. [I'm] just going to continue to stay humble and keep working."
Bullock will be playing alongside all-stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin on a team that went 56-26 in the 2012-2013 season.
"The work doesn't stop here," Bullock said. "I feel like I still have a long way to go to prove myself that I belong there."
Bullock became the sixth Kinston native to be drafted in the past four decades. He is also the 45th Tar Heel player in history to be picked in the first-round. Roy Williams, Bullocks' coach at UNC for two seasons, said he is happy for the 22-year-old.
"I am thrilled, just absolutely thrilled for the young man. I'm as ecstatic as I could possibly be," said Williams. "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."
Bullocks was a vital contributor for the Tar Heels in the 2012-2013 season, averaging 13.9 points on 48-percent shooting. The 6'8'' junior guard-forward also tallied 6.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.3 steals per contest.
Bullock helped lead UNC to a record of 25-11 (12-6 ACC). The team advanced to the title game of the ACC Tournament, but fell to Miami.
The number one overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft is Anthony Bennett, from UNLV, who is now part of the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Orlando Magic then selected Indiana's Victor Oladipo with the number two pick. The Washington Wizards had the third pick, and they chose Georegtown's Otto Porter.
In NBA history, 104 Tar Heels have been drafted. Last year, four UNC players were picked in the first-round: Harrison Barnes,, and . The Tar Heels' 45 first-round picks are the most in ACC history. UNC has had 22 players selected in the top 10 of the NBA Draft since 1966. That leads all schools in the country.