Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Position: Shooting Guard
Team: Texas Legends (NBDL)
Right handed… Hairston is a big-time shooter with deep range from the 2-guard position. Not only does he have that deep 25-26 foot range on his jumper, but he can knock down shots off the dribble or put the ball on the floor and finish above the rim. He has a good combination of size and strength, which allow him to shoot over defenders with relative ease or score with contact in the paint… He has a decent handle with the ball, but could stand to improve (see below)…
Hairston has the basic skill set of a future NBA shooting guard, especially offensively, but still needs to improve and tighten up certain aspects of others. The most important improvement for Hairston would be his handle- both his comfortability putting the ball on the floor and creating space to score with it. He is much more smooth catching and shooting or taking the ball to the rim- one or the other. Hairston needs to add a mid-range pull-up to his game to complete his scoring package…. He has had some weight issues in the past and looks heavy-footed at times playing at 220 pounds. By cutting down a couple of pounds, he can remain a big, strong, physical guard.
After two seasons at North Carolina, Hairston left program in late December, now plays for the Texas Legends of the NBA Dvelopment League