Hairston Takes On Best; Sets Up Visit

Fresh off a solid effort at the Nike Hoop Jamboree, Josh Hairston traveled to Charlottesville (Va.) for the NBA Players Association Camp. While at camp, Hairston updated on his camp experience and the recent developments in his recruiting.

Camps are often a good way for prospects to judge where they stand against the nations best and that's the attitude Josh Hairston took into the NBA Players Association camp this past weekend.

"These guys are the best from wherever they are from," the Spotsylvania (Va.) Courtland standout said. "They are the best from their AAU and the best from their high school, so it's a good opportunity to play with the best."

"Everybody in this camp can jump," he continued. "Everybody in this camp can shoot and everybody in this camp is smart with the ball. They know basketball and everybody at this camp is willing to learn some more."

With so much talent under one roof, Hairston, who is rated as a four-star prospect on, said it makes him want to play that much harder.

"It takes a while and wherever you're from you're used to being the man on that team," he said. "Here you just have to learn how to play with 11 other good guys that are good basketball players and you just have to play together. Whenever you play an elite team you want to play your best, so it does elevate my game."

At NBA Camp and at the Nike Hoop Jamboree, which took place a week prior to NBA, Hairston went to work on the block, showing numerous post moves and ways to score in the low post.

"I've been playing the post a whole lot," he said. "With the group that I'm in I'm one of the other big men out there. If my team needs me to post up I can, but sometimes I'll be running the three and that causes mismatch problems, so I get a taller defender and I'll take him out on the wing."

"I feel my post game is stronger than my outside game," he added. "That's why we come to camps like this so we can learn and strengthen our weaknesses. I think at this camp I'm getting better at taking guys off the dribble and running the floor."

While getting better has been his primary goal, Hairston has also been fielding phone calls from college coaches.

"All the schools that were originally recruiting me like Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgetown and Ohio State [have called]," Hairston said. "Then I got a call from Kansas, Clemson, Notre Dame and Miami as well."

Hairston, who has already taken unofficial visits to Georgetown, Ohio State, Virginia and Virginia Tech, will take a trip to an ACC school this week.

"I'm actually going to Duke," Hairston said. "Me and Kenny Boynton are going down on Tuesday to Duke."

Hairston currently holds scholarship offers from Georgetown, Ohio State, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Kansas, Clemson and Notre Dame.

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