Jam Fest: Josh Hairston Spotlight

PITTSBURGH --- With limited room left for North Carolina's 2009 class, the Tar Heel staff is starting to turn more and more of its attention to the sophomore class. This past weekend UNC checked out 2010 prospect Josh Hairston.

Playing for DC Assault at the Pitt Jam Fest, Hairston was one of the more popular prospects in attendance. Hairston showed why on Sunday when he brought his "A" game in the championship against All-Ohio Red.

"The Albany City Rocks game I did struggle a lot from the field and I just have to learn to brush that off and take it one game at a time," Hairston said. "Everybody has their bad games. I just wanted to come back strong so we could hopefully win the championship and we did."

The Spotsylvania (Va.) Courtland standout recorded the majority of his points off of mid-range jumpers, but it was his lay up off of an inbounds play as time expired that gave DC Assault the 16's championship.

As far as recruiting goes, Hairston has already jumped into the process. He already holds scholarship offers from Georgetown, Ohio State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Maryland, and their three other schools that have thrown their hats into the mix.

"North Carolina, Duke and UCLA in the past few weeks," Hairston said when asked who else was trying to get involved with his recruitment. "I've talked to the assistant coaches at all three schools."

Despite being late to the party, Hairston, who is a four-star prospect on Scout.com, said he wants to give the three new schools a shot to come after him. He said the Tar Heels -- who had assistant coach Steve Robinson in attendance for one of Hairston's games this past weekend -- were a school that he grew up following.

"North Carolina, when I was younger that was the school that everyone wanted to go to," he said. "I'm very interested in North Carolina. My dad is a big Tar Heel fan. If they come through and really recruit me real hard then they would definitely be a school that would be right in the running for me."

So far Hairston has taken visits to Ohio State, Georgetown, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He's also in the process of setting up another visit to Columbus (Ohio) to see Ohio State's campus again.

"Ohio State, Georgetown, Virginia and Virginia Tech, they've really taken me in," the 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward said. "Those four every time I go down there I feel like I'm at home. Either school I go to."

Hairston and the DC Assault squad will be back in action this weekend at the King James Shooting Stars Classic. Then they'll host a tournament in Chantilly (Va.) called "Take Your Best Shot."

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