Rodney Bullock, a 6'7" power forward from Hampton, Virginia, committed to Providence Wednesday morning according to Adam Zagoria (ZagsBlog.com). Bullock made his decision after taking a visit to Providence last weekend.
Bullock told Zagoria of his commitment to the Friars, “I think it fits my style of play and I’m going to bring lots of versatility,”
The 3-star recruit picked the Friars over Virginia Tech, Massachusetts and Miami. Bullock had recently taken visits to Old Dominion, VCU, Clemson and Xavier.
Bullock is considered the 49th-best power forward and the 214th-best player in the 2013 class by 247Sports.com.
ESPN says of Bullock:
"Bullock is combination forward that plays more like a power forward at this stage of his game. He is athletic, posses great hands and his relentless pursuit of the ball allow him to be a terrific rebounder in and out of his area."
Last year, Bullock averaged just over 14 points a game at Kecoughtan High School. The senior power forward has been a starter since he was a freshman and has already scored 1,114 points in his high school career. Kecoughtan High School is also where current Friar guard Josh Fortune attended.
“They see him as a hybrid,” Bullock's high school coach, Ivan Thomas, said via HRVarsity.com. “He’s a guy who can definitely create match-up nightmares for people on the offensive end. He can guard the two, three, or four. They see him as that type of player.”
Bullock played on Boo Williams' AAU team over the summer.
Williams told Ed Miller of HamptonRoads.com about Bullock, "A relentless rebounder, Bullock is developing a mid-range game and has improving ball handling skills."
In his short time at Providence, head coach Ed Cooley has made a name for himself on the recruiting trail. He put together the eighth-best recruiting class for 2012, according to Rivals.com, with 5-star guards Kris Dunn and Ricardo Ledo as well as 3-star guards Ian Baker and Josh Fortune.
Bullock is the first 2013 commit for Providence. The Friars will most likely look for a center or a wing for their last available scholarship.
Although talented freshman Ricardo Ledo will not be able to play the 2012-13 season due to academic issues and Kris Dunn will be out until December with a shoulder injury, Providence still has a strong team, especially with senior guard Vincent Council leading the helm. Council averaged 15.9 points and 7.5 assists last year.
Coach Cooley has the Friars on the right track as Providence tries to rebuild their program and compete in the Big East.