Dave Johnson, who has provided Friarbasketball.com with terrific scouting reports of Josh Fortune and Rodney Bullock in the past, wrote an interesting piece on the future Friar Bullock, who is averaging 22 points and nearly 10 boards a game this year.
Take Kecoughtan’s 68-52 win over L.C. Bird Saturday night in the VirginiaPreps.com Classic. Bullock had 31 points on 12-of-22 shooting (2-of-4 from the arc) and 16 rebounds (nine offensive, seven defensive). He had three assists, four blocked shots and a steal.
Providence coach Ed Cooley compares Bullock to a pair of former Big East players who made it to the NBA:Jared Dudley of Boston College and Ryan Gomes of the Friars. Before coming to Providence, Cooley coached Dudley and coached against Gomes as an assistant at BC.
“He has that kind of versatility,” said Cooley, who first saw Bullock when he came to recruit former Warrior (and current Friar) Josh Fortune. “He can score multiple ways and has a good basketball IQ. Those are the type of players we want at Providence College.
“I don’t identify guys by position, I identify them as players. That’s one reason why he reminds me of Dudley and Gomes, because those guys were players. I like position-less guys.”
Bullock has been told he’ll likely play the “four stretch” position, a term for power forwards who play in the post on defense but use their perimeter and ball-handling skills on offense.
It’s that mixture of talents that Bullock, almost always the tallest kid in his class, spent hours working on.
“Eventually, when I got to high school, my skills kept getting better and better,” he said. “But they’re still not where I want them to be.”
Bullock, who has 1,357 points in 94 career games, is one of six seniors in the Peninsula District who signed letters-of-intent in November. He grew up playing against most of the others, including Hampton’s Anthony Barber and former Phoebus star Troy Williams.