Nothing official has been made, but CBS Sports’ Jeff Goodman reports that sources are confirming that PJ Hairston will return to North Carolina this fall to play his junior season.
The 6’5″, 220 pound sophomore exploded onto the scene this season. He averaged 14.6 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, and 1.4 assists per game.
Many fans supported Hairston this season and let their frustration show when coach Roy Williams refused to start Hairston until he introduced the small, four guard lineup late in the season.
There is no word on whether Reggie Bullock and James Michael McAdoo will return just yet. Players declaring for the NBA draft must declare their intentions at least sixty days prior to the draft. They must also meet a early-withdrawal date of April 16th this year.
McAdoo tested the waters last season but decided to return this season. He will more than likely be the only Tar Heel to leave early for the draft if any of them do with with his projections showing a late first round draft pick.
How this will affect the recruitment of Andrew Wiggins will remain unknown until he makes a decision. Wiggins is a one-and-done player and will want to come in and start his freshman year. If Bullock and Hairston both return, that will greatly affect his plans and his recruitment to North Carolina.
North Carolina’s P.J. Hairston is returning to North Carolina, sources told CBSSports. Still not sure about McAdoo and Bullock yet.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) April 7, 2013