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Reggie Bullock leaving UNC: What it means for the Tar Heels

Without Reggie Bullock, James Michael McAdoo would take on a greater role for North Carolina -- if, that is, McAdoo returns to school. ROBERT WILLETT

CHAPEL HILL — So Reggie Bullock is leaving North Carolina one season early to follow his dream of playing in the NBA. This isn’t a surprising a decision. It’s probably the right decision, right now, for Bullock.

No, we don’t know how it will turn out. We don’t know where Bullock will be drafted in June, or what might have happened to his draft prospects had he decided to return for his senior season. But we do know this: Bullock comes from a meager financial background. The chance to make money now has to be appealing. And after three years, who knows how much more he could have improved in college.

UNC coach Roy Williams: Bullock, Hairston and McAdoo hungry to do more

During a radio interview on Friday, UNC coach Roy Williams said Reggie Bullock, P.J. Hairston and James Michael McAdoo are enjoying college and are hungry to do more. ROBERT WILLETT

CHAPEL HILL -- North Carolina is still awaiting word on whether Reggie Bullock, P.J. Hairston and James Michael McAdoo will return to school or forego their eligibility to enter the NBA draft. But Tar Heels coach Roy Williams during a radio interview on Friday provided some optimism that all might return to UNC.

Speaking with Taylor Zarzour on WFNZ in Charlotte, Williams said “it’s still up in the air,” whether Bullock, Hairston and McAdoo would return.

“But we're much much closer to having all of them back than we were last year,” Williams said.

The questions that surrounded UNC – and their answers

North Carolina was a good shooting team during the 2012-13 season, but consistent scoring in the post eluded the Tar Heels. ROBERT WILLETT

CHAPEL HILL — You might recall that before North Carolina’s season-opener against Gardner-Webb on Nov. 9, I posted a list of 10 questions that surrounded the Tar Heels at the start of the season. You can read those 10 questions right here.

Little by little, UNC provided answers to those 10 questions as the season progressed. And now, with the season complete, those answers are final. So here goes – the questions that surrounded UNC then, and the answers to those questions now, with the season already a memory:

UNC players mum on possibility of leaving for NBA

All five of these players -- from left, Leslie McDonald, James Michael McAdoo, Marcus Paige, Reggie Bullock and P.J. Hairston -- will be eligible to return next season for North Carolina. But will they? ROBERT WILLETT

KANSAS CITY — North Carolina’s season came to an end on Sunday night with a 70-58 loss against Kansas in the NCAA tournament. So now the question that surrounds the Tar Heels is an obvious one: Who stays and who goes?

Dexter Strickland, UNC’s senior guard, has played his last game for UNC. Can the same be said for Reggie Bullock, P.J. Hairston and James Michael McAdoo?

I asked all three players for their thoughts on the future and their decision-making process. None of them had much to say, as you’d expect. But here it is, anyway:

UNC guard Reggie Bullock, forward James Michael McAdoo named second-team All-ACC

Reggie Bullock (above) and James Michael McAdoo both received All-ACC honors on Monday. ROBERT WILLETT

CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina junior guard Reggie Bullock and sophomore forward James Michael McAdoo received today second-team All-ACC honors. They are the only Tar Heels to be represented on the All-ACC teams.

McAdoo during the regular season averaged 14.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Bullock averaged 14.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Bullock has also made 44.2 percent of his 3-point attempts, which ranks second in the ACC.

Here are the all-conference teams:

UNC forward James Michael McAdoo on playing through back pain: I am tough

North Carolina sophomore James Michael McAdoo says he's not worried about his back, or his playing status for the Tar Heels game on Saturday against Duke. ROBERT WILLETT

CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina forward James Michael McAdoo has played through back pain for more than a month, and he didn’t practice after the Tar Heels’ 79-68 victory at Maryland on Wednesday night. McAdoo, UNC officials said on Friday, has been suffering from a bulging disk.

UNC against non-conference opponents: the review

Brice Johnson's offense was a bright spot for North Carolina during the non-conference portion of the schedule. ROBERT WILLETT

CHAPEL HILL — As North Carolina coach Roy Williams said recently, “big-time basketball” is upon us. That being, of course, the start of ACC play. The Tar Heels open the conference portion of their schedule on Sunday night at Virginia, and so now’s as good of a time as there ever will be to take a look back at how UNC fared during the non-conference portion of its schedule.

So without further delay, a look back at the good, the not-so good and everything else in between from the start of the season until now:

UNC guard Reggie Bullock: A lot of people pointing fingers

UNC guard Reggie Bullock said there has been some finger-pointing during some of the Tar Heels more difficult moments. ROBERT WILLETT

CHAPEL HILL — You’ll recall that after North Carolina’s 83-59 loss at Indiana on Tuesday night, James Michael McAdoo, the Tar Heels’ sophomore forward, said he and his teammates had to work better together on the court.

UNC forward James Michael McAdoo: We need to work on our camaraderie

When things went badly for North Carolina during its 83-59 loss at Indiana on Tuesday night, the Tar Heels didn't successfully come together. ROBERT WILLETT

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — North Carolina sophomore forward James Michael McAdoo had some telling comments, I think, following the Tar Heels’ 83-59 loss here at Indiana on Tuesday night.

The game magnified a lot of weaknesses for the Heels: Transition defense, defensive rebounding, offensive execution. The Hoosiers outhustled the Tar Heels, regularly beating them for loose balls, and beating them down the court for easy scoring chances.

Ten questions that surround UNC at start of season

Marcus Paige begins his college career as the starting point guard at North Carolina. How ready is he? ROBERT WILLETT

CHAPEL HILL — It’s here. Basketball season is here. Finally. It never really goes away in Chapel Hill, but it returns tonight when North Carolina begins the season at the Smith Center against Gardner-Webb.

Around this time a year ago, the Tar Heels began the 2011-12 season with national championship aspirations. Entering this season, though, who knows what to expect? I wrote some about that in a story we ran earlier in the week, which you can read right here.

The headline tells the story: “More questions than answers” for UNC.

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