Tag:P.J. Hairston
Posted on: February 10, 2012 12:09 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2012 12:14 pm

UNC now down three guards with Hairston sidelined

By Gary Parrish

North Carolina freshman P.J. Hairston will miss Saturday's ACC clash with Virginia because of a sore left foot, the school announced Friday. Consequently, the Tar Heels will be forced to play Tony Bennett's Cavaliers without three guards that at one time projected to be on this roster. The other two are Leslie McDonald (injured in the preseason) and Dexter Strickland (injured during this season).

Hairston had played in each of UNC's first 24 games.

He's averaging 6.6 points per contest.

North Carolina is ranked fifth nationally and coming off a home loss to Duke.
Posted on: December 1, 2011 12:09 pm
Edited on: December 1, 2011 12:54 pm

UNC's Hairston will sit Saturday against UK

By Jeff Goodman

North Carolina freshman P.J. Hairston isn't expected to play Saturday against Kentucky.

Hairston, arguably the top perimeter shooter on a team that also features Harrison Barnes and Reggie Bullock, injured his left wrist in the Tar Heels win over Wisconsin on Wednesday night.

"Sorry to say, but I will not be playing Saturday," Hairston tweeted on Thursday morning.

Saturday is when North Carolina will travel to play top-ranked Kentucky at Rupp.

That's the bad news. The good is that Hairston also tweeted that his wrist isn't broken -- and that he'll be back soon.

A North Carolina spokesman told CBSSports.com that X-Rays on Thursday morning were negative, but more tests were scheduled for later in the day - and a timetable for Hairston's return was still unclear. 

Hairston, who was coming off the bench and playing about a dozen minutes per game, had made 14-of-31 shots from beyond the arc in the first seven games.

His minutes will likely go to be Bullock, a sophomore who was hurt last season but is also a big-time shooter. Bullock has made 11-of-25 shots from 3-point range thus far this season.

Photo: Getty Images
Posted on: September 27, 2011 9:35 am
Edited on: September 27, 2011 9:51 am

Psycho T's thoughts on his UNC Tar Heels

By Jeff Goodman

Tyler Hansbrough, in preparation for the NBA lockout, has spent the entire offseason in Chapel Hill.

Unlike a year ago, the Indiana Pacers forward is healthy.

"Last year and this year are totally different," said Hansbrough, who wasn't able to do anything a year ago prior to the season. "Last year I sat out pretty much the whole year."

Hansbrough, who is living with Bobby Fraser in Chapel Hill, has been able to get an inside look at this year's North Carolina Tar Heels group - which has been tabbed by many as the preseason No. 1 team in America.

Here are a few thoughts:

- The player who has impressed him the most? Freshman P.J. Hairston. "I'm really high on him. He's way more athletic than I thought. He can really shoot it and he's exactly what we need. If he can play defense ... I'm a little worried about his defense."

- On Harrison Barnes: "When he first came in last year, he forced some shots and you could tell that he felt as if he had to do things himself. Now he's more relaxed, he's smooth instead of forcing things to go his way. He's letting the game come to him. ... He's just not one of those guys who is going to blow you away, though, and take over a game. He's just smooth in how he does it."

- On Kendall Marshall: "He's not the most athletic guy, but he's really good at what he does - passing the ball and getting the ball to people in the right spots to score. He's just very smart about the game and can really find people ... and he never seems to get rattled."

- On who are the leaders of this team: "I'd say Kendall. He's a vocal guy and tells his teammates what they need to do. I think (Tyler) Zeller leads by example, kind of like I did when I was there, but he isn't as vocal."

- on John Henson: "He can really rebound and block shots. He's still improving his offensive game - and it's still a little raw. He's definitely put time in the weight room, but John's never going to be a physical guy. That's just not his game."

- On freshman James McAdoo: "I really like him, I think he's got a chance to be really good. I want to see him develop a few moves. He needs to get a feel for the system. I don't think he's ever played in an up-and-down pace like what Coach Williams runs. I think he'll be a big-time player, but it may take until the middle of the season for him to break out."

- Hansbrough said that former teammate Bobby Frasor, who played overseas last season, is leaning towards trying to getting into coaching.

Photo: AP
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