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Hairston returning for junior season at UNC

Posted April 12, 2013

P.J. Hairston (15) reacts to a play during the North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Duke Blue Devils NCAA basketball game, Saturday, March 9, 2013 in Chapel Hill, NC.

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North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston says he'll return for his junior season instead of entering the NBA draft.

Hairston averaged 18.2 points and shot 40 percent on 3-pointers over the final 13 games after becoming a starter in a four-guard lineup. He averaged a team-high 14.6 points this season.

In a statement from the school Friday, Hairston said returning was "my way of supporting" coach Roy Williams and his teammates. He also tweeted: "My junior year will be one to remember."

Hairston helped UNC (25-11) dig out of an 0-2 start in the Atlantic Coast Conference to reach the ACC tournament final and the third round of the NCAA tournament.

Sophomore forward James Michael McAdoo and junior guard Reggie Bullock have yet to announce whether they will return next year.

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  • Top 5 Beaters Apr 13, 11:47 a.m.

    alex25 needs a diaper change..

    Go Heels!!!!

  • wjuliang Apr 13, 11:47 a.m.

    Sweet! With him and Paige and McDonald back we have a lot to build on. If McAdoo and/or Bullock... View More

    — Posted by anderson

    So basically you'll have the same team as this past year... with a few good players coming in...... View More

    — Posted by Coach K is still GREAT

    Paige is just learning the system. He and the others will be a year older and more experienced. Still need a big man. But Weeks is wide and Wiggins in still out there.

  • bernardjaysr Apr 13, 2:00 a.m.

    One down and 2 to go!
    If Wiggins would commit Reggie can go.
    But JMM needs another year.

    Go Heels!!!!

  • kornfan2448 Apr 13, 12:13 a.m.

    Sweet! With him and Paige and McDonald back we have a lot to build on. If McAdoo and/or Bullock... View More

    — Posted by anderson

    So basically you'll have the same team as this past year... with a few good players coming in...... View More

    — Posted by Coach K is still GREAT

    Unless you lose all your players to either the NBA and/or graduation, couldn't the same be said about most teams, most years?

  • zanerx Apr 12, 11:15 p.m.

    I ddn't read where he said he was coming back for his education. He's coming back to play... View More

    — Posted by debrablack22

    You sound mad, debrablack22. Hope everything is OK.

    GO HEELS!

  • I am not who you think I am Apr 12, 10:26 p.m.

    not sure where he was gonna go if he came out..maybe europe or turkey. This way he (hopefully)will get an education and continue to improve as bball player

  • 4tarheels Apr 12, 10:22 p.m.

    Oh yeah, great decision. Love them Tar Heels!!!!

  • Spirit of Evilash Apr 12, 8:18 p.m.

    Why not return..? lots of pretty girls on a girls' campus, time to focus on basketball, and no... View More

    — Posted by Alex25

    I'm sending over a truckload of ointment for your chapped condition.

    Whoot!!! Go Tar Heels!!! #PJBlood!!!

  • dukefan245 Apr 12, 8:17 p.m.

    I didn't expect anything less, he' not good enough for the NBA.

  • Morrisville Apr 12, 8:04 p.m.

    He is coming back to increase his stock in the NBA draft.

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