" It was a great visit overall. Playing with the players (was my favorite time), Kirk Hinrich came and played with us. It was a real intense pick up game."
Malik Hairston particularly enjoyed the intensity of his matchup with JR Giddens.
"It went well. JR's older and stronger so I got the chance to watch him and play
against him. I fit in well, it didn't seem like it was that big of physical difference."
Hairston also felt like a good fit off the court, both with the players and coaches.
"They're all good guys. I enjoyed being around them, they're funny, cool guys.
Coach Self's a great guy. He has a great program, he had a great program at Illionis.
I'm sure he's going to come in, and Kansas is going to pick up right where they
Hairston has now visited Ohio State, UCLA and Kansas and currently has no more
official visits scheduled despite a lot of interest from other good basketball
schools. It looks like it's shaping up to be a three horse race, but Hairston
is open to adding another visit or two.
"There are a lot of other schools recruiting me. They're good schools, but I really
don't know. These three visits were very successful visits, I enjoyed myself.
I had a few visions while I was there. It is a possibility that I'll take another
visit, I just don't know for sure."
Hairston has been content to take his time throughout the recruiting process
and still has not named a leader. He's focused on taking as long as it takes
to pick the best school possible.
"I want to continue to do so. I want something to hit me on the head and say this
is the school where I should be. I really think it's going to happen. I really
think I'll see the school that is the best fit."
Hairston is also well aware that the schools recruiting him can't wait forever
and might have other options willing to commit ahead of him. The thought of taking
too long and missing out on an elite school doesn't concern him though.
"I've learned that the players actually control the recruitment. If they really
want you that bad or need you, I figure that they'll save the scholarship for
you. I understand that some schools might need a player, so that's a completely
different situation. But if a school runs out of scholarships I feel I can play
Hairston is confident that the Buckeyes, Bruins and Jayhawks will all be willing
to wait for his decision, even if it takes longer than expected. He also realizes
that like in any relationship, he needs to keep his suitors all well informed
"Well, I think they'll keep a spot for me, but I also think I need to let them
know how I'm feeling about that certain school, because I really don't want to
lead them in a wrong direction. If I'm very interested I'll let them know and
if I'm not interested or not as interested I'll make sure I let them know."
Patience, communication and control are all important to Hairston and with all
three he hopes to make a "great" decision.
"I mean, I have to be in control because this is my future. I'll just listen to
my resources, take my time and I'm gonna make sure I make a great one."
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