Update on Malik Hairston

It was a busy and productive summer for elite wing prospect <b>Malik Hairston</b> from Detroit. It wasn't productive, though, in the sense that he didn't narrow his college list -- but in fact, has expanded it a bit. We caught up with him early this week to discuss his latest...

Ohio State, UCLA, Kansas and Michigan State were the big four schools chasing Malik Hairston, 6-4 SR SG, Detroit (Mich.) Renaissance, hard entering the July period. Each one of them remains a major player in his recruitment but they've got some company.

"Kentucky just came in," Hairston said. "Coach (Tubby) Smith called (my) Coach Walker and left a message and then an assistant coach called me a few times."

In addition to the Wildcats, Michigan, Cincinnati, Connecticut and Virginia Tech are also knocking on the door.

The interest from the new schools beg the question: Will the four who have been recruiting him the longest retain their advantage? "Well, it feels like the schools that have already been recruiting me would have an advantage unless I come across a better situation. Basically, these other schools have an advantage because they've been recruiting me for a long period and I'm more familiar with their style of play and the coaches."

However, Hairston, who ranked among our Top 10 prospects in the nation heading into the summer and built on his pre-summer accomplishments, admits that he's not even close to deciding and is just starting to focus on narrowing his list for official visits. "I guess I didn't actually look at the schools as seriously as I should have," he said.

There is plenty of time for analysis. Right now, Hairston has no official visits set up. But it's hard to imagine a scenario where his original four schools don't receive visits because they've been there a long time.

At this point, getting a read on each school and where they stand is difficult. "At this point, it's very hard. [Colleges] usually ask where they stand or if another school is in the lead. I kind of let know that everybody is running neck and neck. I'm actually just starting to look at the schools and see which are best for me."

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