P. J. Hairston

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P. J. Hairston
No. 19 – Texas Legends
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League NBA Development League
Personal information
Born (1992-12-24) December 24, 1992 (age 21)
Greensboro, North Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (198 cm)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school Dudley (Greensboro, North Carolina)
Hargrave (Chatham, Virginia)
College North Carolina (2011–2013)
Pro playing career 2014–present
Career history
2014–present Texas Legends (D-League)
Career highlights and awards

Samuel Peterson "P. J." Hairston, Jr. (born December 24, 1992) is an American basketball player who currently plays for the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League. He played college basketball at the University of North Carolina. He finished his sophomore season in 2013 and will be eligible for the 2014 NBA draft.[1]

Early years[edit]

Hairston attended Dudley High School in Greensboro for his first three years of high school. He scored 53 points in one game as a junior. For his senior year of high school, he played at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia and averaged 25.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists. He scored 15 points in the 2011 McDonald's All-American Boys Game.[2]

College career[edit]

In 2011, Hairston joined the North Carolina Tar Heels for the 2011–12 season as a freshman. He was the team's eighth-leading scorer at 5.7 points per game and lead the team in free-throw percentage.[2]

In the 2012–13 season, Hairston's playing time increased significantly in the second half of the season. In the last five games of the regular season, he averaged 32 minutes of playing time, up 60% from 20 minutes of average playing time in the first 29 games of the season. Hairston led UNC in scoring in the last five games of the season with 19.6 points per game. He earned ACC Co-Player of the Week honors for his play against Duke and Virginia in February 2013. North Carolina coaches also selected Hairston as the defensive player of the game in the win over Virginia.[2]

In Hairston's sophomore season, he was in the starting line-up for the second time in his college career against Duke in February 2013. He scored a then career high 23 points. In his next game in the starting line-up versus Virginia he set a new high with 29 points, just four games after returning the court after missing a game due to a concussion. In UNC's first game of the ACC tournament on March 15, 2013, Hairston was holding the basketball in the second half when a Florida State player swiped Hairston's hand. Either from the swipe, or from his fingers extending on the basketball, Hairston split the webbing between the middle and ring fingers on his non-shooting left hand.[3] Hairston left the game and received eight stitches. He still led UNC with 21 points after making five of six three point shots.

After getting the stitches, Hairston returned to play in UNC's next two games in the ACC tournament. He played 36 minutes in the next game against Maryland and scored 13 points. In the next day's game against Miami he scored 28 points.

Suspended in 2013, Hairston did not return to North Carolina for the 2013–14 season.[4] The school said in a release December 20, 2013 that they will not seek his reinstatement.[5][6]


2011–12 37-0 13.0 5.7 61-198 .308 38-139 .273 2.2 0.8 0.7 0.4
2012–13 36-14 23.6 14.6 159-369 .431 89-225 .396 4.3 1.4 1.1 1.3

Professional career[edit]

After his suspension was confirmed, Hairston filed paperwork to join the NBA Development League.[1] On January 14, 2014, he was acquired by the Texas Legends.[7]


  1. ^ a b Goodman, Jeff (January 10, 2014). "P.J. Hairston hopes to join D-League". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c P.J. Hairston Biography
  3. ^ North Carolina tops Florida State 83-62 in ACCs
  4. ^ P.J. Hairston not enrolled at UNC
  5. ^ Carter, Andrew (December 20, 2013). "UNC's P.J. Hairston will not return to Tar Heels". NewsObserver.com. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  6. ^ Tar Heels won't seek reinstatement

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