Reggie Bullock sat out North Carolina’s last game against UNLV due to a concussion he suffered from banging heads with teammate James Michael McAdoo in practice.
His concussion was listed as mild, but he has yet to been cleared to play in the Tar Heels ACC opener on Sunday.
Bullock has been arguably the Tar Heels most productive player, averaging 13.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while shooting an astonishing 47.5% from behind the arc.
The loss of Bullock hurts Carolina a lot, but they were able to prove they can beat good teams without him in the lineup.
With the absence of Bullock, P.J. Hairston has taken over his starting role. Hairston did not disappoint in his opportunity to prove he deserves to start. Against UNLV he had a solid 15 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals. He makes hustle plays that a lot of other players don’t.
Having Hairston replacing Bullock, Carolina does not lose much, but they lose Hairston’s production off the bench.
There is still a chance that Bullock will be cleared to play on Sunday against Virginia, but if the game was played tonight, Bullock would be in street clothes on the bench.
Going on the road in conference play is never an easy task and Virginia is not a walk in the park standing at 10-3. Without Bullock, Carolina can have a difficult time winning this game.
Players like J.P. Tokoto and Leslie McDonald coming off the bench are going to have to step up and produce more than usual.
There is still that chance that Bullock will play on Sunday and Carolina sure hopes he can.