HoopsHype PJ Hairston rumors

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The Texas Legends, presented by Veracruz (visit Veracruz.mx), have acquired guard P.J. Hairston from the University of North Carolina. Hairston (6-6, 220) will be the first player to enter the NBA Development League mid-season after having been enrolled in college to start the 2013-14 season. In 2011 Hairston was chosen a McDonald’s All-American and Parade All-American. As a sophomore at North Carolina, he led UNC in scoring and was 10th overall in the ACC with 14.6 ppg while averaging only 1.2 turnovers. NBA.com

January 12, 2014 Updates

North Carolina announced on Dec. 20 that it would not seek Hairston's reinstatement from the NCAA. He had been suspended for NCAA violations, including the use of rental cars tied to a convicted felon. Hairston led the Tar Heels in scoring last season as a sophomore with 14.6 points a game and made 89 3-pointers. He filed paperwork on Friday to play in the NBA's D-League. The Legends were able to select Hairston because they were first on the D-League's waiver list. Hairston will not be eligible to play in the NBA this season and can file to join the 2014 NBA draft. Yahoo! Sports

January 10, 2014 Updates

Former North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston submitted paperwork Friday to play in the NBA Development League, he said in a statement. "I've spent the past couple of weeks consulting with my family about what's best for me, my development and my future," Hairston said in the statement first released to USA TODAY Sports. "With their counsel in mind, I have enrolled in an online course at the University of North Carolina, taking a class in my major that will be applied towards getting my communications degree. I turned in my first assignment yesterday. "Additionally, I am pursing an opportunity to play basketball in the NBA's Developmental League, and submitted my paperwork this afternoon. "I am excited to continue to pursue my degree at UNC while also pursing my dream of becoming a professional basketball player. USA Today Sports

Hairston is not eligible to play in the NBA this season because he never was eligible to be drafted. He now can file to join the 2014 NBA draft as an early entrant even if he plays in the D-League. Washington Wizards guard Glen Rice Jr. took a similar path after being kicked off Georgia Tech's team and was drafted 35th overall in the 2013 NBA draft after a strong D-League performance. USA Today Sports

December 23, 2013 Updates

If former North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston wants to play in the NBA’s Development League this season, and a D-League franchise wants to sign him, there’s nothing in the league’s rules that would preclude that. According to D-League spokesperson Joanna Shapiro, if a player is ruled ineligible by the NCAA (as Hairston was) and he’s at least 18 and his high school class has graduated (applicable), he’s eligible to sign a D-League contract. Shapiro added that once a player signs a pro contract, D-League or otherwise, he immediately becomes eligible for the NBA draft the following spring. Hairston has given no indication of his options, beyond a statement from a family spokesperson Friday saying he’ll address future plans sometime in the next few weeks. Charlotte Observer

December 20, 2013 Updates
June 22, 2013 Updates

The NCAA has opened an investigation into North Carolina guard PJ Hairston’s connection with NBA agent Rodney Blackstock, Big Lead Sports has learned. According to a source, an NCAA investigator met with a University of North Carolina compliance officer this week regarding the relationship between the Tar Heels’ leading scorer from last season and Blackstock, who played at UNC-Greensboro a decade ago. Blackstock was in the news recently when it was revealed that he paid the AAU coach of Kansas star Ben McLemore thousands of dollars “on behalf of sports agents and financial advisers” who were courting McLemore. The Big Lead

April 13, 2013 Updates

For the second time in a week, reports are circulating that North Carolina basketball star P.J. Hairston has decided to return to school for his junior year next season. This time, however, the news is coming directly from his mother Wendy Mailey, not some unnamed source. So there’s a reasonable chance there’s some accuracy to it. With Hairston and his explosive scoring potential back in Carolina blue, the attention now turns to the impending decisions of teammates James Michael McAdoo and Reggie Bullock. Wilmington NC News

April 7, 2013 Updates
November 20, 2012 Updates

There are many NBA scouts who believe both P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald could start on most high major NCAA teams and they probably would average 16-20 points. Once the game quickly got out of hand, Roy Williams turned to both of them and both delivered. The two combined for 39 points and shot 10-for-17 from behind the 3-point line. ESPN.com

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