Charlotte Drafts Hairston

P.J. Hairston was selected by Charlotte with the No. 26 overall pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night.

The former Tar Heel guard played for the Texas Legends of the NBA's Developmental League last winter – averaging 21.8 points and shooting 36 percent from 3-point range in 26 games – after his North Carolina career ended when the school announced it would not seek eligibility reinstatement from the NCAA in December.

"I am ecstatic for P.J.," UNC head coach Roy Williams said in a statement. "I think he's going to be a great addition to the Hornets. I am happy that he will still play in state and for another Tar Heel, Michael Jordan. It certainly will make it easier to see him play. Life has given him another opportunity and he will take great advantage of that chance."

In 2012-13, Hairston led UNC in scoring with 14.6 points per game and made 89 3-pointers, the second-most in a season in school history. The Greensboro, N.C. native connected on 127 3-pointers in 71 career games at UNC.

"P.J. is one of the best shooters in the draft - we've followed him for a long time and did a lot of background work on him," said Charlotte GM Rich Cho. "He's a guy that really fills a need for us. We wanted to come away with shooting from this draft and he fills that need in a big way."

The NCAA investigated impermissible benefits in the form of rental cars following Hairston's arrest while driving a rental at a license checkpoint in Durham on June 5 of last year, which ultimately ended his college career.

"We're aware of all the issues," Cho said. "We had a good interview with him, he came here a couple times to work out and we're comfortable with the situation."

Hairston is the 46th Tar Heel selected in the NBA Draft's first round (107th overall) and the 15th to play for Roy Williams at UNC.

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