Virginia Star Enjoys Maryland Visit

Josh Hairston grew up watching a lot of Terps basketball, but the highly sought prospect from Courtland High in Spotsylvania, VA had never seen the Terps up-close like he did recently when he made the trip up I-95 for the Maryland-Duke game at Comcast. caught up with Hairston to find out how the visit went and where his recruitment is headed.

"It was great. Maryland is crazy. The fans were really supportive. I have never seen anything like that," said Hairston, a 6-8 sophomore who could prove to be one of the best forwards in his class by the time he's a senior.

Hairston visited the Terps locker room afterward with D.C. Assault coach Zach Suber and several teammates.

"We went back there for a little bit. I got to meet James Gist and Bambale Osby, and I already knew Eric Hayes a little bit," he said. "They're all so big. I didn't know they were that big. Osby is huge. He looks big on TV but I didn't know he was that big."

With one game left in the regular season, Hairston is averaging 20 points and 13 rebounds for Courtland, which is 14-7 after winning 12 of its past 13 games. He's a multi-talented forward who can put the ball on the floor, shoot from outside and score in the post.

"I'd like to say my game is all-around. If the coach wants me to play inside, I can go inside. If he wants me to go outside, I can go outside. I'm continuing to work on my ball-handling," Hairston said.

He's attracting major interest. Duke and North Carolina have been showing increased interest lately, and he already has verbal offers from Maryland, Georgetown, Ohio State, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

All other schools should be aware, though, that if the Tar Heels offer Hairston, they seemingly will have precious little chance to win this recruiting battle.

"I've always been a UNC fan. Me and my dad," said Hairston, an engaging young man and a good student who responds to most questions with ‘yes sir' and ‘no sir.' "My coach said they've called a couple of times … I'm going to go to the Duke-UNC game [at Duke]."

Maryland assistant Chuck Driesell has made the trip multiple times recently to see Hairston, including a visit to one of Courtland's practices and a trip to a tournament in Hampton.

"I'm pretty sure I'll be visiting Maryland again sometime soon," he said. "I've always watched Maryland since I was younger. It's definitely a school I will be looking at."

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