Reggie Bullock is expected to play on Sunday at Virginia, barring any setbacks related to his concussion. ROBERT WILLETT
CHAPEL HILL — North Carolina guard Reggie Bullock returned to practice today and coach Roy Williams is hopeful that Bullock, who suffered a concussion last week, will be able to play on Sunday when the Tar Heels begin ACC play at Virginia.
Bullock, a junior, sat out UNC’s 79-73 victory against UNLV on Saturday, and hadn’t practiced since suffering the concussion.
“If he doesn’t have any headaches or any recurrence of symptoms that they’re worried about the concussion, I would expect him to completely practice tomorrow and if he does the same thing after that I would expect him to play on Sunday,” Williams said on Friday. “So everybody uses this term, ‘cautiously optimistic,’ I guess [that] is where we are.”
Bullock is UNC’s second-leading scorer and is averaging 13.1 points per game. He has made 47.5 percent of his 3-point attempts, which leads the ACC. Before suffering the concussion, Bullock had emerged as UNC’s most consistent scorer. He had scored in double-figures in five consecutive games before missing the UNLV game.
Williams said Bullock endured the concussion during practice last Thursday when he and James Michael McAdoo, the sophomore forward, attempted to deflect a long pass.
“And all of a sudden, Reggie’s laying on the ground,” Williams said.