March 26, 2012

Hairston is no longer a secret

Raleigh, NC - Greensboro Day small forward Christian Hairston entered Dave Telep's Carolina Challenge Saturday, March 24 under a low profile, but left the event as a rising star.

He averaged 8.7 points in three games at the Carolina Challenge. Hairston, who stays active on both ends of the court, calls himself a late bloomer as his athleticism has just begun to take off. The 6-foot-7, 190-pounder thinks he will stay at small forward when he gets to the collegiate level, but Hairston said he also has some point guard skills.

"I would say I did fairly well," Hairston said. "I always try to find room for improvement for myself. I don't mind being a low profile guy. I just think it's about coming out here and performing, so that's what I tried to do. I feel like I did a good job, and I look forward to doing better."

Hairston claims scholarship offers from Oklahoma State, Gardner-Webb and Texas-Arlington, and is getting attention from a few ACC schools. He has visited Wake Forest twice and North Carolina once.

"Wake Forest, the campus is great," Hairston said. "Coach [Jeff] Bzdelik, I think he's a good coach. They're on the rebuilding. They're on the rise here. Obviously Carolina you can't say enough about them. They're great in and out every year, so any school that's willing to give me a chance I'll come in and I'll work hard and be the best I can be for them."

He grew up cheering for Duke, but said that his affinity for the Blue Devils as a child does not matter anymore when it comes to recruiting and choosing a school.

"I'd love to hear from Duke foremost, Carolina I'd love to hear from more, [and] State, I'd like to hear from State a lot too," Hairston said. "I don't know if I'm trying to leave North Carolina right now, but as I continue to grow and get better then I'll think about extending out."

Greensboro Day made it to the state championship game, and finished with a 31-4 record.

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