UNC Men's Basketball Bio
15 P.J. Hairston
Hairston Hairston 816809


Averaging 10.0 points in 71 games • Made 127 three-pointers • Improved his three-point percentage by 12.3 points from his freshman to sophomore seasons • Has scored in double figures 34 times with a high of 29 against Virginia on Feb. 16, 2013 • Shooting 80 percent from the free throw line • Made a three-pointer in 33 consecutive games, the longest active streak among ACC players and the fourth-longest in UNC history (Shammond Williams, Hubert Davis and Rashad McCants each made one in 34 consecutive games).



Led Carolina in scoring with 14.6 points per game and was third in rebounding with 4.3 per game • Didn't lead the team outright in scoring until the last game of the season • Also third in offensive rebounds (65) • Made five or more three-pointers five times (three times in last five games) • Made 21 threes in the last five games • Led Carolina with 89 three-pointers, the second-most in a season by a Tar Heel • Made multiple threes in 25 of his last 32 games (including 10 of the last 12 games) • Led UNC with eight 20-point games (four in the last seven games) • Scored in double figures 27 times, including his last 18 • Averaged 12.1 points in the first 10 ACC games and a team-leading 18.2 points in the last 13 games • Second on the team in free throw percentage (.779) • Was third in the ACC in three-pointers, fifth in three-point percentage, eighth in free throw percentage and 10th in scoring • Grabbed three or more offensive rebounds 10 times • Defensive player of the game against Virginia and Georgia Tech • Made 23 of his 43 steals in the last 11 games • Had five or more rebounds in eight of the last 13 games • Committed only eight turnovers in the last 12 games.

2013 NCAA Tournament: Averaged a team-high19.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in the two gamesTopped all scorers with 23 points on 7 of 11 shooting, 5 of 8 from three-point range, led UNC with five rebounds and had three assists and three steals against Villanova • Was his third 20-point effort in the last four games and his sixth in the 12 games since he joined the starting lineup • Hit threes with 6:18 and 5:10 to play that stretched UNC's lead back to nine after Villanova had erased a 20-point deficit and taken the lead • The five three-pointers equal the second-most by a Tar Heel in NCAA Tournament play • Led UNC with 15 points and a career-high nine rebounds against Kansas, but only shot 6 of 17 from the floor, 3 of  9 from beyiond the arc.

2013 ACC Tournament: First-team All-Tournament selection • Averaged 20.7 points, shot 19 for 38 from the floor (.500) and 13 for 27 (.481) from three-point range • Tied his career-high with six three-pointers and scored 28 points in championship game vs. Miami • The 28 points are the most by a Tar Heel in an ACC championship game since Charles Scott had 40 against Duke in 1969 • The six three-pointers tied UNC's record for three-pointers in an ACC Tournament game (with Jason Capel and Harrison Barnes) • Won Carolina's defensive player of the game award vs. Miami (his fourth of the season) • Had 13 points against Maryland, playing a career-high 36 minutes despite wearing a bandage on his left hand due to the laceration he suffered against FSU • Led all scorers with 21 against Florida State • Made 7 of 11 shots from the floor, including five of six from three-point range • Three-point percentage of .833 was the best by a Tar Heel this season • Made four three-pointers in the first half that helped UNC to an eight-point lead at the break • Suffered a tear in his left hand with 4:13 to play that led to eight stitches between his middle and ring fingers.

2012-13 Regular-Season Highlights: Led all scorers with 22 points, tied his career-best with eight rebounds and had three steals in the win at Maryland • Made four three-pointers and had 16 points in home win over Florida State, scoring 11 first half points as UNC built a 21-point  lead • Did an outstanding defensive job in the win over NC State, defending C.J. Leslie for much of the game and helping to limit the 6-9 standout forward to six points while committing six turnovers • Earned ACC Co-Player of the Week honors for his play against Duke and Virginia • Scored a career-high 29 points, hit a career-high six three-pointers, grabbed seven rebounds and was UNC's defensive player of the game in win over Virginia • Made 8 of 14 from the floor, 6 of 12 from long-distance, against the Cavaliers • Scored 14 in the first half and 15 in the second • The 29 points are the most by a Tar Heel this year • Made his second career start at Duke and responded by tying his career highs in points (23) and rebounds (8) and had three assists and two blocks • First Tar Heel to lead the team in scoring, rebounding and assists since John Henson at Duke in 2010 • Scored 14 points and had three assists in 12 minutes at Boston College, but suffered a concussion with 4:04 to play in the half and was unable to play the rest of the game or the next game • Made four consecutive three-point attempts over a span of just 2:35 to give UNC a 16-10 lead • Was struck in the face by Dexter Strickland's left arm as the two players attempted to stop a drive to the basket • Led UNC with 19 points, making 5 of 8 threes, at NC State • Scored a then-career-high 23 points in 77-72 win at Florida State on 9 of 14 shooting from the floor • Scored 11 in the first half and 12 in the second • Had two highlight-reel dunks, but his jumper from the left wing with 2:10 to play that gave UNC a 75-72 lead was the play of the game • Made his first career start against #20 UNLV and had 15 points, two offensive rebounds for baskets, four steals and drew a pair of charges in the UNC win • Hit a key three-pointer midway through the second half and clinched the win with a pair of free throws with 28.5 seconds to play • Also was Carolina's defensive player of the game vs. UNLV • Had his first 20-point game as a Tar Heel and tied his career-best with eight rebounds against McNeese State • Scored 14 second-half points and 18 overall against East Carolina • After the Pirates cut an 18-point lead down to seven, he scored nine of UNC's next 20 points to re-build the lead • Sprained his left knee in practice on Nov. 25 and did not play in the loss at Indiana • Averaged 14.3 points in the three games in Maui • Sparked the second-half comeback against Butler as he scored 14 of UNC's 17 points in one stretch • Went 3 for 4 from three-point range in the second half of the win at Long Beach.



Carolina’s eighth-leading scorer at 5.7 points per game • Earned all-tournament honors at the Las Vegas Invitational, the first UNC non-starter to accomplish that since Danny Green in Vegas in 2007 • Did not play on Feb. 11 against Virginia due to a sore left foot • Scored 13 points vs. Florida State in the ACC Tournament championship game, his top output in ACC play • Other top scoring games in conference play included nine vs. Maryland in the ACC Tournament, eight against Georgia Tech and six vs. Virginia Tech and NC State (home) • Scored in double figures in seven games (twice in his last 23 games) • Shot 38 of 139 from three-point range • Third on the team in threes • Made three-pointers in 20 of his 37 games • Hit multiple three-pointers in nine games • Was 12 for 70 from three in his last 21 games • Is 52 for 62 (.839) from the free throw line • Led the Tar Heels in free throw percentage • Averaged 3.1 points in ACC regular-season play and 8.0 in the ACC Tournament.

2011-12 Regular Season:  Scored all 13 of his points in the second half of the ACC Tournament championship game vs. Florida State • Hit three three-pointers and went 4 for 4 from the free throw line • Was his first game in double figures and his most three-pointers since New Year’s Day against Monmouth • First time with multiple threes since Jan. 29 against Georgia Tech • Scored nine points against Maryland in the quarterfinals, his highest scoring output in 16 games • Had an impressive rebound dunk in the win at Duke • Scored five of UNC’s 28 second-half points in the win at Virginia – scored on an offensive rebound putback to cut Virginia’s lead to two, then nailed a three-pointer with 11:14 to play to give Carolina its first lead of the second half • First-half three-pointer at NC State ended a five-game streak without a three • Offensive rebound basket at Miami gave Carolina its first second-half lead • Had a key offensive rebound and putback basket in the win at Maryland • Had eight points, two assists and two steals against Georgia Tech, the first time he had made multiple three-pointers since the ACC opener against Boston College • Scored 16 points against Monmouth, making 4 of 9 from three-point range • Grabbed a season-high six rebounds against Elon • Made 10 of 12 free throws against Appalachian State • Sprained his right ankle and was limited to nine minutes against Evansville • Also played just nine minutes in the following game against Long Beach State, scoring two points • Suffered a sprained left wrist and bone contusion early in the second half of the Wisconsin game when he attempted to draw a charge and braced himself with his left hand • Played with his left wrist taped at Kentucky and responded with 11 points in 14 minutes on 3 of 4 shooting from three-point range • Scored eight first-half points against the Cats as UNC built a 43-38 lead at the break • Tied for team scoring honors with 15 points in the loss to UNLV • Made 9 of 14 shots from the floor (8 of 13 from 3FG) in the two games in Las Vegas • Was Carolina’s top defender against the Runnin’ Rebels • Scored a season-high 19 points and was 5 for 8 from three-point range against South Carolina • Had a season-high three assists vs. Tennessee State • Three-pointer gave Carolina a 17-point lead over Michigan State in the aircraft carrier game.

Third-team Parade All-America in 2011 playing for Coach Kevin Keatts at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. • Attended Dudley High School in Greensboro for three years and played for Coach David Price • Averaged 25.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists at Hargrave in 2011 and 25.4 points and 8.1 rebounds at Dudley in 2010 • Played in the McDonald's All-America Game (15 points) in Chicago and the Jordan Brand Classic in Charlotte • Scored 41 points for USA South in the championship game of the 2010 Nike Global Challenge • Set single-game scoring record at Dudley as a junior with 53 points against Southern Durham.

Samuel Peterson Hairston Jr. is the son of Wendy Mailey and William Turner • Born on Dec. 24, 1992, in Greensboro • Majoring in communication studies.

Position: Guard
Height: 6'5.5"
Weight: 220
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Greensboro, N.C.
High School: Hargrave Military Academy (Va.)/Dudley
Major: Communication Studies
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