New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Former North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston decided to play for a minimal salary in the NBA Development League to possibly crack the first round of the NBA draft in June.
Several NBA executives believe that P.J. Hairston could get drafted in first round with a good showing in the D-League.
The 6-foot-6 Hairston was expected to be North Carolina’s go-to player this season after averaging 14.6 points per game in 2012-13.
He missed out the season after being investigated by the school and the NCAA for potential rules violations for his use of rental vehicles tied to former felon and party promoter Haydn “Fats” Thomas .
Hairston, who will not be eligible to be called up by an NBA team this season, also announced that he will be pursuing his degree at UNC.
He released a statement to several news outlets Friday that he has enrolled in an online course at North Carolina and that he has submitted paperwork for the NBADL.
The school did not seek reinstatement for Hairston. Tar Heels team spokesman Steve Kirschner said earlier this week that Hairston wasn’t enrolled for spring semester classes according to the university registrar’s office.
Glen Rice Jr., who was dismissed from Georgia Tech, increased his stock in the Development League and was taken 35th last June by the Washington Wizards.