Looking At North Carolina Tar Heels' P.J. Hairston's Breakout Season

By Trevor Lowry
Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

P.J. Hairston had a breakout season to say the least for the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 2012-13 college basketball season.

Hairston averaged just 5.7 points per game in his freshman season, whereas this past season, he put up 14.6 points per game. The amazing thing about that was he only played 23.6 minutes per game. Just imagine how much he would score if he got around 30 minutes or even more per game.

Hairston is an accurate shooter, shooting 43.1 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from behind the arc. Although he did not play that much in his first year in a Tar Heels uniform, these two numbers went way up over the course of a season.

His 89 threes were the most on the team–by one–and there is no reason why he can’t pass thee 100 mark next season. North Carolina will have a very good team next year and could easily challenge for a national title, but Hairston did manage to lead this team in scoring, so it is not like he is going to be forgotten going into next year. That is far from the case because he will be one of the go-to guys and a starter.

With more playing time and similar shooting numbers, Hairston is going to make Roy Williams very happy. Not to mention, his draft stock will go up. Although he had a breakout season this year, he could be even better in the 2013-14 college basketball season, which is saying a lot. Watch out for Hairston and North Carolina in the upcoming season.


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