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P.J. Hairston spent the season in the D-League after getting suspended from North Carolina for a series of off-the-court violations.
And now he'll have some explaining to do.
Hairston is going to get absolutely grilled during interviews at the NBA combine. General managers and executives are going to ask any and everything in an attempt to evaluate his character.
"I am extremely disappointed for P.J., his family and our team as he will no longer be playing basketball at North Carolina," head coach Roy Williams said in a statement back in December via Eric Prisbell of USA Today. "P.J. made mistakes and I was very disappointed by his actions and now he is suffering the very difficult consequences. He is not a bad kid; he just made some mistakes."
Hairston will ultimately have to prove that these were indeed mistakes resulting from immaturity, and not ones stemming from a deeper issue.
The goal here is to prove he's got some self-awareness, and that he understands the meaning of zero tolerance moving forward.
Because Hairston can certainly play some ball. If he can make a strong impression during interviews, we could be talking about a mid-first-rounder based on legitimate talent and a sharp skill set.