Hairston Hits Game Winner At Pitt Jam Fest

Josh Hairston started slow at the Pitt Jam Fest, but it was his play in the final game that propelled DC Assault to the tournament title.

Josh Hairston was one of the better sophomores in attendance this past weekend at the Pitt Jam Fest, and despite a rough Saturday night game, the 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward rose to the occasion in the semi-finals and championship.

"The Albany City Rocks game I did struggle a lot from the field and I just have to learn to brush that off and take it one game at a time," Hairston said. "Everybody has their bad games. I just wanted to come back strong for today so we could hopefully win the championship and we did."

The four-star prospect definitely came back strong on the final day of the event. He worked for mid-range buckets all day long, but his lay up off an inbounds play with time running out gave DC Assault the 16 and under championship over All-Ohio Red.

"It was intense," he said. "I've known Jared [Sullinger] from All-Ohio Red. I met him over at Ohio State and we stay in touch and we've been talking the whole time about how we were going to meet up in the championship and we actually did."

"Both teams were great," the 2010 prospect said. "They are a phenomenal team and I give credit to Tyler [Thornton], Eric [Atkins] and all of our guards. They kept us in the game and under control."

Throughout the weekend college coaches followed him from game to game. Already holding scholarships from Ohio State, Georgetown, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Maryland it wasn't a surprise to see those schools represented at his games.

To go with those five programs, Hairston said North Carolina, Duke and UCLA are also trying to get involved in his recruitment. All three have made contact with him through his high school coach.

"It's real good," he said of his recruitment. "I'm narrowing the list down actually. Some good teams have joined in recently and I'm going to give them equal opportunity and hopefully I can make that decision by next school year."

The Spotslyvania (Va.) Courtland standout has already taken visits to Ohio State, Georgetown, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He said those four schools are doing the best job recruiting him so far.

"Ohio State, Georgetown, Virginia and Virginia Tech, they've really taken me in," Hairston said. "Those four every time I go down there I feel like I'm at home. Either school I go to."

Hairston will hit the road again this weekend as DC Assault will play in the King James Shooting Stars Classic.

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