January 29, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Providence Friars head coach Ed Cooley during the first half against the South Florida Bulls at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Providence Recruit Focus: Rodney ‘Rajay’ Bullock


Profile:

Position:  Small/Power Forward

Size:  6-foot-7 215 pounds

High School and Travel Team:  Kecoughtan High School and Virginia Assault

Recruit rankings:

ESPN’s 35th ranked SF

Rivals.com’s 148th ranked recruit and 30th ranked PF

247Sports.com’s 217th ranked recruit and 50th ranked PF

Scout.com 3-star recruit

Strengths:

Bullock is a combo forward (as seen above with the various media outlets labeling his position differently), who’s game has most recently been noted as being that of the power forward nature. Nonetheless, he has a good inside/outside game with solid low post moves and can hit open jumpers out to the 3-point line. However, his most notable basketball trait is his terrific rebounding abilities. His aggressive and relentless pursuit of the ball, wherever it may be, makes him a terror on the offensive and defensive glass. Bullock also has good ball handling for his size and can run the floor well. His size and high motor also makes him a sound defender.

Weaknesses:

Adding strength has been the known recommendation for Bullock if he actually wants to be a combo forward at the college level. It will help him battle down low for positioning and rebounds and will allow him to become a better slasher with the ball. However, of the videos I’ve seen of him in action, strength didn’t seem to be much of a concern. And if it was, being in a college weight training program over the summer and fall will be to his benefit.

How he will fit in:

Bullock’s size, versatility and aggressive nature will earn him a spot in the rotation. Last year, coach Cooley’s bench was extremely thin. There were games in the beginning of the season in which only seven guys suited up. This year he will have five or six really good options just at forward. While significant playing time could still be a year away, he will definitely factor into the rotation from day one. 

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