by Jacob Swiger
About the only thing exciting on the UNC basketball recruiting trail the last several months was the John Wall saga ... but Monday head coach Roy Williams nabbed a commitment from 2011 wing P.J. Hairston, according to InsideCarolina.com.
Hairston thrives from the perimeter and is ranked the No. 3 shooting guard on Scout.com. The 6-foot-5 guard called Williams just one day after he reportedly offered the talented prospect from Greensboro, N.C.
"I told him [Williams] I had some good news for him; I told him, 'I think I’ve made my decision,'" Hairston told Scout.com.
"He [Williams] said, 'Well do you want me to guess, or do you want to just tell me? Are you going to Gonzaga?’ and I said ‘No,'" Hairston said. ''Then he said, 'Are you going to Indiana?' and I said 'No, but you are getting closer.' Then he said 'Are you going to West Virginia?' and I said 'No.' Then he goes 'Are you going to North Carolina State?' and I said 'No, it’s right around the corner.' Then he said 'Are you going to be a Tar Heel?' and I said 'That’s what I want to do.'"
Hairston spurned Florida, Wake Forest, Memphis and Duke to become Carolina's first 2011 commitment, and the drought of elite in-state prospects for the Tar Heels appears over. Hairston joins 2010 commit Reggie Bullock from Kinston, N.C., as the first top 20 players from North Carolina to commit to UNC since Rashad McCants.
Hairston will add depth -- and insurance if Bullock leaves a season early -- to a talented backcourt in 2011. Bullock and point guard Kendall Marshall, also a 2010 UNC commit, would be in their second seasons, while freshmen shooting guards Leslie McDonald and Dexter Strickland will be juniors; Larry Drew II will be a senior.
As for what's next for Williams, he'll likely be focusing on stealing the No. 1 2010 recruit, Harrison Barnes, from Duke's grasp. James McAdoo, a 2011 power forward, is on the radar, too.