Hairston Enjoys Official Trip

P.J. Hairston put his future teammates on notice Sunday: he'll be back next year and he's bringing his dancing shoes with him.

After seeing this year's group of Tar Heels hit the dance floor at Late Night with Roy during his official visit last weekend, Hairston said he's looking forward to taking the team's title for best dancer next fall.

"Reggie is probably going to be my biggest competition," Hairston said, laughing. "It's always fun (at Late Night). It's always a great atmosphere to be in. The fans just love to have fun."

This was Hairston's third time attending Late Night with Roy, plus this was his "official" visit, so he was able to relax and enjoy his time in Chapel Hill. Hairston said he's feeling more and more comfortable at UNC every visit and already feels like a member of the team.

Hairston arrived with his family about an hour before the start of Late Night but spent most of the evening with the other recruits in attendance. In addition to fellow UNC commitments James McAdoo and Jackson Simmons, Hairston sat with uncommitted prospects Shabazz Muhammad, L.J. Rose in the Smith Center.

Hairston said McAdoo left after the scrimmage Friday but he and the rest of the recruits got to know each other over the course of the weekend.

"They were real laid back - they were cool." Hairston said. "I was just trying to persuade them to come."

After Late Night, the recruits went to bed early so they could get up to watch practice together the next morning. On Saturday night the recruits hung out with players from this year's team and went out in Chapel Hill.

Hairston isn't sure if he made any headway with the recruits but he said they enjoyed themselves.

"I know they had a good time," Hairston said. "Shabazz said he had a great time."

Aside from watching John Henson, Dexter Strickland and Leslie McDonald dance around in Snuggies, Hairston said one of the highlights of the trip was Harrison Barnes' performance in the scrimmage. Barnes scored 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting and pulled in four rebounds for the White team in a 31-31 tie.

"He's great - there's nothing else you can really say about him," Hairston said. "I expected Harrison to have a big night. I really expected all of them to. It was a good scrimmage."

Hairston said Barnes stood out again in practice the next morning -- this time with his persistence. After struggling with his shot early in practice, Barnes continued to battle before eventually finding his rhythm.

"He gets so frustrated when he misses shots, but when he gets frustrated, he'll start making his shots," Hairston said. "He's stepping up."

Watching the first practice of the year also gave Hairston a sneak peek of what to expect next year as a freshman.

"It was intense," Hairston said. "That's how I want practice to be -- intense."

After watching football with Simmons early Sunday afternoon, Hairston headed back to Hargrave Military Academy, where he's expecting a successful season. Hargrave has a loaded team this year with top-100 players Marquis Rankin and Dezmine Wells joining Hairston.

Despite all the added talent on the roster, Hairston said they've meshed together well.

"We're doing better than I thought we were going to," Hairston said.

Hairston said he hopes to have a high school national championship on his resume this time next fall. But while his goals for this season are clear, Hairston said he's keeping his dance moves under wraps for now.

"That's going to be a surprise," he said.

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