P. J. Hairston

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P. J. Hairston
No. 19 – Charlotte Hornets
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1992-12-24) December 24, 1992 (age 22)
Greensboro, North Carolina
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school Dudley (Greensboro, North Carolina)
Hargrave (Chatham, Virginia)
College North Carolina (2011–2013)
NBA draft 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26th overall
Selected by the Miami Heat
Pro career 2014–present
Career history
2014 Texas Legends (D-League)
2014–present Charlotte Hornets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Samuel Peterson "P. J." Hairston, Jr. (born December 24, 1992) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball at the University of North Carolina. He finished his sophomore season in 2013 and was eligible for the 2014 NBA draft.[1] He was selected with the 26th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Miami Heat, and was later traded to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Shabazz Napier.

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]

Considered a five-star recruit by ESPN.com, Hairston was listed as the No. 3 shooting guard and the No. 13 player in the nation in 2011.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5] On December 20, 2013, the school announced that they would not seek his reinstatement.[6][7]


2011–12 North Carolina 37 0 13.0 .308 .273 .839 2.2 .8 .4 .2 5.7
2012–13 North Carolina 34 14 23.6 .431 .396 .779 4.3 1.4 1.3 .4 14.6

Professional career[edit]

Texas Legends (2014)[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.[8][9] He went on to play 26 games for Texas while averaging 21.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.[10]

Charlotte Hornets (2014–present)[edit]

On June 26, 2014, Hairston was selected with the 26th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Miami Heat on behalf of the Charlotte Hornets. In doing so, Hairston became the first NBA D-League player to be drafted in the first round of an NBA draft.[11][12] On August 22, 2014, he signed with the Hornets.[13]

On December 22, 2014, Hairston recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds to help the Hornets defeat the Denver Nuggets, 110-82.[14]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2014–15 Charlotte 45 2 15.3 .323 .301 .861 2.0 .5 .5 .3 5.6
Career 45 2 15.3 .323 .301 .861 2.0 .5 .5 .3 5.6


  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. ^ P. J. Hairston Recruiting Profile
  4. ^ North Carolina tops Florida State 83-62 in ACCs
  5. ^ P.J. Hairston not enrolled at UNC
  6. ^ Carter, Andrew (December 20, 2013). "UNC's P.J. Hairston will not return to Tar Heels". NewsObserver.com. Retrieved December 21, 2013. 
  7. ^ Tar Heels won't seek reinstatement
  9. ^ Legends Claim P.J. Hairston
  10. ^ PJ Hairston D-League Stats
  11. ^ Herbert, James (June 26, 2014). "2014 NBA Draft: Hornets get A for landing P.J. Hairston in a trade at No. 26". CBSSports.com. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  12. ^ Oliva, Anthony (June 26, 2014). "Hairston Becomes First NBA D-League Alum Picked in First Round of NBA Draft". NBA.com. Retrieved June 27, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Hornets Sign Hairston". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. August 22, 2014. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Hornets top Nuggets 110-82 for third straight win". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. December 22, 2014. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 

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