PJ Hairston Releases Statement, Will Enter D-League

Dec 14, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard P.J. Hairston (15) reacts in the second half. The Tar Heels defeated the Wildcats 82-77 at Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 14, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard P.J. Hairston (15) reacts in the second half. The Tar Heels defeated the Wildcats 82-77 at Dean E. Smith Student Activities Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

This afternoon, former North Carolina guard PJ Hairston released a statement regarding his plans for the future after being dismissed from the UNC Basketball team. Hairston said he is interesting in pursuing a professional opportunity in the NBA D-League, and hopes to elevate his draft stock and prepare for the 2014 NBA Draft there. Here is the full statement by Mr. Hairston. 

“I’ve spent the past couple of weeks consulting with my family about what’s best for me, my development and my future. With their counsel in mind, I have enrolled in an online course at the University of North Carolina, taking a class in my major that will be applied towards getting my communications degree. I turned in my first assignment yesterday.

“Additionally, I am pursuing an opportunity to play basketball in the NBA’s Developmental League, and submitted my paperwork this afternoon. I am excited to continue to pursue my degree at UNC while also pursuing my dream of becoming a professional basketball player. I appreciate all the support I have received during this process and hope everyone is having a great New Year so far.”

Hairston averaged 14.6 points per game last season for North Carolina, but was suspended from the team last summer after violating NCAA rules. The University of North Carolina opted not to seek reinstatement for him in December, and it was only speculation that Hairston would enter into the D-League up until today. Hairston projects as a mid to late first round draft pick in next years draft, depending on how his pre draft interviews and workouts go.

Topics: North Carolina Tar Heels, PJ Hairston, UNC

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