North Carolina native J.R. Hairston, a 6-7, 185 pound combo forward, selected the Cougars, according to sources. Hairston was on Charleston's campus over the weekend when he made the commitment.
Capable of helping early in his career at two positions, Hairston was receiving looks at the mid and high-major levels. He's a guy who plays with some spunk. He'll get on the glass, make the occasional mid-range jumper but his strength is that he has a knack for staying active and making plays.
Success has also followed him. As a high schooler at West Rowan in Mount Ulla, N.C., Hairston helped his team capture consecutive state titles. In 2003, West Rowan defeated Goldsboro in the state championship as Hairston scored 22 points to go with 11 rebounds. He was named the MVP of in the state championship game.