Graduated and Ready To Go

Coming off a year when he averaged 11.e points per game and 4.6 rebounds, forward Malik Hairston could be the guy that picks up where departed Aaron Brooks left off -- the leader of the Oregon Ducks.

Coming out of high school three years ago, Hairston was one of the brightest stars on the horizon and when he selected the Ducks over Kansas, Ohio State, Oklahoma and UCLA. He was the No. 4 ranked shooting forward and was rated 5-stars by

Anyone who has followed the Oregon Ducks know all the trials and tribulations the Men's team had, but the magical run that took Oregon to the Elite-8 made it all worth the wild ride and there still more to come. Hairston, along with fellow seniors Bryce Taylor and Maarty Leunen are leading the way for the Ducks both on and off the court.

Hairston worked all summer on to get in the best shape he's been in since arriving at Oregon, but he also worked hard in finishing course requirements to graduate. Hairston, along with Mitch Platt and Ray Schafer are all graduates of the University of Oregon and are taking classes to remain eligible to compete in basketball. In fact, Taylor and Leunen are scheduled to finish their degree requirements when fall term ends in December.

"He took it to a whole other level," said Head Coach Ernie Kent of Hairston's drive to finish school. "He's a bright, bright young man, and what he did to graduate from college and play Division I basketball (all) in three years is just unbelievable."

Hairston spent a few moments talking to eDuck Sports about finishing school and the basketball season ahead.

Graduate Hairston on the upcoming season

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