Nov 16, 2012; Long Beach, CA, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard P.J. Hairston (15) reacts after a foul is called during the game against the Long Beach State 49ers during the first half at Walter Pyramid. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-US PRESSWIRE

UNC Basketball: Hubert Davis Having Positive Impact on PJ Hairston

PJ Hairston is one of the most important players on the North Carolina Tar Heels roster this season. UNC lost a ton of firepower to the NBA Draft and has to rely on the play of their perimeter players and perimeter shooting this season.

After a dismal freshman season that saw him shoot 27.8% from three point range and just 30.8% overall from the field, Hairston was mired in a deep slump that saw him shoot just 14% from three over the seasons last 16 games. Hairston was brought to Chapel Hill as one of the best shooters in the nation, a five star, top of the line offensive prospect. His slump became mental as he continued to chuck up horrible shots that earned him the Twitter hashtag #PJBeShootin.

This season has been different for Hairston, he looks confident on the floor and is playing smarter basketball on both ends of the court. I’ve only counted a few freshman year looking shots from PJ all seasons in which he fades or doesn’t set his feet correctly. His form looks good and he is taking the ball to the basket which I think is very important for his success.

The key to Hairstons success this season and beyond is not necessarily as a shooter, it’s utilizing all those different components of his game to become a more effective offensive player. They all tie in together, if PJ can establish himself has an effective slasher or even a player who can back down his man in the high post for high percentage shots, defenses cannot collapse on him and use all their efforts on defending his jumper.

New assistant coach Hubert Davis who just so happens to be UNCs all time leader in three point FG percentage is the main reason behind PJ’s improved play. Davis worked hard with Hairston in the off season and preached form and utilizing his body to get to the basket and expand his offensive attack. UNC is stacked on the perimeter but Hairston is the only player who has proven he can both shoot the ball from the perimeter and create his own offense off the dribble. On a team that lost so much offense to the NBA, that unique qualities value on this roster cannot be overstated.


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  • disqus_cOV4ApKGOH

    I saw Stackhouse scored 14 last night in 22 mins for Brooklyn, too. And what happened to Ed Davis – is he still in the league?

    • Horran Cameron

      Ed Davis plays for the Toronto Raptors.

  • ben27896

    Want and Will are two different things. Unfortunately if FSU and Clemson go the ACC is done.

  • Souvanh

    UNC looked lost and confused! How can a team show up in the first half and then vanish in the second? Hustle and defense is not a talent! We better get it together or we will lose a lot more games!

    • Horran Cameron

      I agree. I feel that a great deal of pressure is being placed on McAdoo. In my opinion, Marcus Paige should be the focal point of the offense. I wouldn’t mind seeing a backcourt w/Luke Davis and Marcus Paige on the court sometimes, just to see how it pans out. Paige looked VERY poised and comfortable on the court last night. He scored with ease, whereas everyone else looked as if they were forcing shots. BTW, this is a VERY ACCURATE review of the game. Spot on!

  • hatboy

    When you have Strickland as your top scorer in the game no wonder we got blown out! And why Roy keep on starting Desmond?

    • Orlando Jones

      Strickland is a scorer. He is an athletic guard that can create his own shot. We have been spoiled by post players being the scorers (Tyler) that we think the points have to come from the paint. True Roy would prefer that but we lost 4 guys to the NBA last year. The teams will take on the same makeup as the previous team. With the NCAA starting to get so strick on the amount of time spent with the players its truly hard to get an idea of what works best and what dosent. Look im not looking for this team to blow guys out frankly I like to see close games but I can understand your frustration. I think we will be good. As for Desmond Hurbert starting, all i can say is that it’s like playing 5 on 5 with one player being a girl. Roy still hates to start Freshman so we will sport teams a 10 point lead until he decided to start Brice Johnson <—-(scorer)

  • Dean Smith Jr.

    JMM is not anywhere near ready for the NBA. I would be shocked if he leaves. He has no definitive skill at the next level. He is not a good defender either in the post or on the perimeter, he has ZERO post game, he can’t handle the ball or shoot well enough on the perimeter to play SF. At this point he would be an undersized PF with only a face-up game. I would compare him to Derrick Williams, except that Williams proved in college that he could hit 3′s [he shot 56%], had a solid post game in college and had way better skills. Yet even he has struggled to figure out who he is at the NBA level. I wouldn’t count on JMM leaving after this season.

  • Oliver Williams

    The Heel could not make a shot from 8-10 feet the second half and no DEFENCE. I don;t know!! NIT i guess!!

  • Orlando Jones

    The team will be fine!!! Go Heels!!!

  • Orlando Jones

    Turnover are key part, Roy said it best we have some athletic guys. This team will not beat guys up and down the court but will have to work in the half court more often than non. When we do it seems as if we have to work outside then in. When we are hitting jumpers as the second half showed us vs. UAB the Macadoo can get his. As much as I like Bullock, he is not a starter. Paige, Strickland, Brice Johnson, PJ Harriston, and MacAdoo would be my starters.