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The D stands for defense—Three-and-D guys are wings who can shoot it and defend.
Though now with the Texas Legends of the D-League, Hairston was money from downtown as a sophomore at North Carolina, where he shot it 39.6 percent on 2.6 makes per game. He even sank four three-pointers in his debut with the Legends.
“What I can bring is just another shooter and another scorer and someone they can trust to put the ball in the basket,” Hairston said (via Cameron Schott of Realgm.com.)
But at 6'6'' with really long arms, excellent athleticism and a diesel 220-pound frame, Hairston also has appealing defensive potential.
He averaged 1.3 steals in only 23.6 minutes a game last year, and when he's locked in, Hairston has that ability to overwhelm defensively on the perimeter.
"I thought the best thing that he did was that he got his hands on a lot of passes and on defense he was great tonight, ” said Legends' point guard Mickey McConnell of Hairston after his first game with the team (via Realgm.com).
Hairston has a little more to his offensive game, as he can get to the rack and score after contact, but in the pros, expect his bread and butter to center around shooting and defending. If he's able to capitalize as a slasher, we could be talking about a guy who offers top-15 value in the draft.