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Isn't the shortcut always the most enticing path? It gets you where you want to go without wasting all that precious time.
With Hairston's aggressiveness, intensity, drive and unquestionable natural ability, he could succeed in the NBA without playing another season in Chapel Hill. He has a smooth, effortless stroke and excellent instincts on the defensive end.
Hairston could stand some fine-tuning on his fundamentals and skill set, but his emergence this season shows that he could be a quick study at the next level.
He led the Tar Heels with 14.6 points per game, despite only starting 14 of them. In those starts, Hairston was averaging 18.2 points and reached 20-plus points six times. By the end of the season, it was clear who the go-to guy was at Carolina.
This, after a forgettable freshman year in which he shot 30.8 percent from the floor and 27.3 percent from three.
Hairston finished his sophomore campaign shooting 43.1 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from downtown. No matter how you look at it, that's a pretty big leap.
In addition to his points, Hairston also contributed with 4.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game. There is a lot of value in a guy that help out in that many areas of the game.
ESPN's Chad Ford ranks Hairston No. 38 on his Top 100, and is projecting him to be a late first-round pick. That could land him on a team that might just be missing a piece like Hairston to make a title run.
Couple that with a guaranteed contract, and this looks like a pretty smart path.