North Carolina

Hairston headed to D-League, taking online course at UNC

Posted January 10, 2014

P.J. Hairston (15) takes a shot during the North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons NCAA basketball game, Wednesday, January 23, 2013 in Chapel Hill, NC.

— After losing his collegiate eligibility and withdrawing from the University of North Carolina as a full-time student, guard PJ Hairston will head to the NBA Developmental League, he confirmed in a statement Friday.

The statement reads, “I am pursing an opportunity to play basketball in the NBA’s Developmental League, and submitted my paperwork this afternoon.”

Hairston also indicated that he has enrolled in an online course at UNC and is, “excited to continue to pursue my degree at UNC while also pursing my dream of becoming a professional basketball player.”

Hairston mentioned he has plans to follow through in obtaining a communications degree and turned in his first online assignment Thursday.

NBA D-League teams are 15-to-19 games into a 50-game schedule but are capable of acquiring players through waivers at this juncture of the season. After completing the year, the 6-foot-5 Hairston will be eligible for the NBA Draft in June.

“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 to open his statement.

It was announced Dec. 20 that UNC would not to reinstate Hairston following multiple off-the-court issues, including a June 5 traffic stop where marijuana and a gun were recovered in and near a car that was rented out by a convicted felon. Hairston was arrested and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and driving without a license but the charges were dismissed on July 22 after Hairston showed proof that he had a driver's license and had completed a drug assessment program.

"Unfortunately, P.J. made a number of mistakes that placed his eligibility at risk, and the university's joint review with the NCAA made it clear that seeking reinstatement for P.J. would not be possible," director of athletics Bubba Cunningham said in a statement on Dec. 20. "The university thanks him for his contributions to Carolina basketball."

Hairston, a Greensboro native, averaged a team-high 14.6 points per game for the Tar Heels a year ago. In the course of his 71-game Carolina career, he scored 707 points and made 127 three-pointers.




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  • packfan07 Jan 15, 2014

    Online courses yea right. UNC still protecting that APR.

  • Whistling Dixie Jan 11, 2014

    Talk about beating a dead horse. RAL trying to squeeze every last drop out of this non story. Lame journalism.

    Guess someone forgot to tell them the divisional playoffs start today. It's just the NFL though. Nobody cares about the NFL around here apparently. LOL
    But PJ is taking online courses. Now THATS news!

  • wjuliang Jan 11, 2014

    View quoted thread

    He got hurt on his trip (ankle I believe) and couldn't play this year. He and Roy are evaluating for next year.

  • mandacaroline Jan 11, 2014

    Now that PJ is gone, there is a scholarship open and Stilman White is back from his mission, will we see him back in action this year??

  • RDI Jan 11, 2014

    View quoted thread

    Did you question if Mike Glennon did his own?

  • packfan79 Jan 11, 2014

    Even disgraced, dismissed Tar Heels are worshipped by WRAL. That is a disgrace itself.

  • jmcdow2792 Jan 11, 2014

    I hope this is the last in a very long series of articles by WRAL about Hairston. Let's put this one to bed and have the local reporters actually write some sports articles. How much actual sports news have we missed because of this gossip?

  • spiritseeker Jan 11, 2014

    What is nice about online courses is that no one is there to verify if it is you logged on or that you don't have someone there providing answers to problems and assignments. Can we trust Hariston to do his own work?

  • vt94hokies Jan 10, 2014

    I have enjoyed writing on Facebook since November than this Sportsfan and the Roanoke News. Wish I had done this years ago.

  • KillswitchEngage Jan 10, 2014

    Lol, that is too good. He could move to the North Pole, never open a book, have no electronics whatsoever, smoke weed all day and still get a degree from UNC with a B+ average.




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