According to Jeff Goodman of CBSsports.com, P.J. Hairston will not declare for the NBA draft this year and will return to Chapel Hill for his junior season at the University of North Carolina. Good news for every North Carolina fan, but more importantly Roy Williams and the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Hairston, in my opinion, made the correct decision by turning down the NBA and returning to college for another year to get better. Hairston was Carolina’s second leading scorer averaging 14.3 points per game. He finally earned a starting spot at the end of the year and made a huge difference when he was in the starting lineup.
He was arguably the Tar Heels best player at the end of the year, but he still has a lot of work to do before the NBA. He needs to get better at driving and finishing at the rim, but also just needs to become a better overall basketball player. He’s a great shooter and can play physical with anyone, but his overall game needs to improve.
With Hairston returning, the question now becomes if Reggie Bullock and James Michael McAdoo will also return. McAdoo, Bullock and Hairston were Carolina’s best three players and if they all return they can have something special next year.
Hopefully, Hairston’s decision will influence Bullock and McAdoo to return, but you never know until they make it official.
If all three players return, Carolina can have something brewing for next season, but I feel Hairston is the most important player to get back especially with Carolina’s big men that will be on the team next year.