Hairston's Father Provides Update

Richard Hairston, father of Detroit schoolboy basketball star Malik Hairston, discussed his son's recruitment with Monday night. Click here for more on why Hairston may visit Oklahoma and Oregon in the days ahead and where things stand today.

With the start of the spring signing period having come and gone, people are wondering just how much longer it will be before a decision by Malik Hairston will be forthcoming. Monday evening, Bucknuts spoke with Richard Hairston, Malik's father, and he shed some light on the newest timetable as well as a few other issues.

"It (a decision) should come next week," Hairston said. "At very worst, it will be two weeks."

Mr. Hairston indicated he was going to be speaking with Malik again soon about progressing to a final decision.

Another issue still hanging in the balance is whether or not Hairston would visit Oklahoma and Oregon this upcoming weekend. Mr. Hairston said they would still plan on discussing that, but it wasn't necessarily Malik's preference.

"I think Malik would have been content to just get this over with," Hairston said. "He was pretty content choosing from the three schools, which were Ohio State, UCLA, and Kansas. Well, and I guess Michigan too."

Many people have wondered why Malik would take these visits if he preferred to end this process.

"A lot of people close to him including myself and his coaches decided he should take them," Hairston said. "We figured that if he's going to at least give these schools a look, and he's going to consider them, it would be the respectful and courteous thing to do to visit them."

Ohio State continues to hold a scholarship for Hairston should he choose the Buckeyes. Hairston, the nation's second-ranked small forward by the, would give Ohio State a recruiting class ranked as a consensus top-10 recruiting class.

Hairston would join Jamar Butler, Matt Terwilliger, Jermyl Jackson-Wilson and Je'Kel Foster in a class that most experts already consider a top-20 haul.

Mr. Hairston also seems to be fond of the potential of that class, especially if his son decided to join them.

"That would be a really good class," he said of Ohio State's incoming group. "Very good."

Hairston has reportedly been named as a second-team All-USA pick by USA Today. He is also ranked as's No. 9 overall prospect.

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