21 years old, NBA Development League
Hairston, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard, averaged 21.8 points with the Texas Legends of the NBA Development League. He hit 45 percent of his field goals, 55 percent from 2-point range and 35 percent from 3-point range. He also hit 87 percent of his free throws.
2013 All-ACC honorable mention, 2013 ACC All-tournament first team and 2014 All-Rookie second team.
• After a number of traffic violations, Hairston was suspended indefinitely from North Carolina’s basketball team. Instead of playing college basketball, he spent a season in the NBA Development League, preparing for the 2014 NBA draft.
• Hairston is the first NBA D-League alum to be selected in the first round of the draft.
What they’re saying
Hairston is one of the few prospects in this draft who looks ready to come in and play a role in the NBA right away. His thick, strong build (230 pounds) is a major reason why he was able to adjust to the D-League so quickly, averaging 27 points per-40 minutes, as his shooting ability and aggressive style of play are tailor-made for the NBA. DraftExpress.com
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