Malik Hairston is on the rise, Cats show interest

One thing is clear this spring; Malik Hairston has pretty much blown up. The small forward on Speedy Walker's The Family team has some great college options and the Wildcats have entered into the Hairston sweepstakes.

Malik Hairston, a 6-5 wing forward from Detroit (Renaissance), Mich., gave another outstanding performance and The Family advanced deep into the playoffs at another major event last weekend.

"We lost in overtime [at the Nike Memorial Day Classic] in the Final Eight," Hairston said. "I played very well."

Lately, he's played very well almost all of the time. Hairston is coming into his own as a prospect. His stellar play this spring has him rocketing up recruiting lists, firmly entrenched in the Top 25.

So, Hairston's achieving goals, right?

"I haven't yet because we haven't won a tournament yet," Hairston said. "The individual stuff is good, but until we win I'm not satisfied at all."

His school list reads Ohio State, Kansas, UCLA, Kentucky and Missouri. "Arizona and Indiana have contacted me. So has North Carolina State and Virginia Tech."

Hairston can't take an official visit, per NCAA rules, until he takes the standardized test. He's scheduled to take the ACT on June 14. Still, even after taking the test he'll take his time and won't be pressured, at least to a point.

"I don't feel any pressure [to decide]," Hairston said. "I still want to take my time."

But Hairston won't miss an opportunity to go to the school of his choice either. It's just that right now, he doesn't have any idea of where he wants to go.

One thing is certain; he's going to make an official visit to UCLA. Sound strange for a Midwest kid? Why visit UCLA, right?

"It's L.A.!" Hairston said.

Well, there are four more visits to haggle over among the aforementioned select group of schools.

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