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Duke apparently can't spell P.J. Hairston

Posted on: May 16, 2011 3:04 pm
Edited on: May 16, 2011 3:07 pm
 

Posted by Jeff Borzello

North Carolina and Duke have a lot of things in common. They are both national basketball powers in the ACC, coached by legendary coaches and located within eight miles of each other on Tobacco Road.

According to incoming North Carolina freshman P.J. Hairston, though, one thing separated the two schools during his recruitment.

One school was able to spell his name correctly. One, well, wasn’t.

“The thing about Duke was, every time they sent me a letter, they wouldn’t spell my name right,” Hairston told Jason Wolf of the Greensboro News-Record. “They would have ‘T.J. Harrison’ or something like that.”

Not surprisingly, the 6-foot-4 Hargrave Military Academy (Va.) prospect from Greensboro, N.C. chose the lighter shade of blue when it came time to make a college decision.

“I’m like, ‘OK. How can I go here? You can’t even spell my name right,’” Hairston said about Duke. “It’s only two letters and HAIR and STON. I’m trying to figure out how that’s so hard.”

Of course, there were other things that factored into Hairston’s decision, but I can’t imagine it helped Duke’s case that they misspelled his name more than once.

It’s a good cautionary tale for college programs: when recruiting a top-25 prospect, spell his name right.

Photo: Kelly Kline/NIKE

Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: May 17, 2011 5:47 pm
 

Duke apparently can't spell P.J. Hairston

This is extremely news worthy. I am a huge Tarheel fan and have hated duke with the white hot passion of a thousand suns for more than thirty years now. This is the first Ive heard this story and it makes me HAPPY AS HELL!!!! Everytime Mr. Hairston plays against duke, he will have even more of a reason to destroy them in every aspect of the game, sooooo  keep that amateur status intact and keep making posts like those!!



Since: May 11, 2011
Posted on: May 17, 2011 4:32 pm
 

Duke apparently can't spell P.J. Hairston

Ummm, want to read real news...try posting something that is actually noteworthy.  This was the biggest waste of my time. Should I now never read anything written by Jeff B? Moving on, never to come back to this article again.



Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:57 pm
 

Duke apparently can't spell P.J. Hairston

He's a Cubs fan. I wouldnt expect anything less than complete ignorance.



Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:39 pm
 

Duke apparently can't spell P.J. Hairston

Dumbest post ever.
Actually, no. Yours is the dumbest post ever. If it were you, your son or daughter, you'd care. The fact you can't see the significance is embarrassing.



Since: May 30, 2008
Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Duke apparently can't spell P.J. Hairston

CBSSportsline apparently can't find anything interesting to talk about.  Dumbest post ever.  Who cares P.J. how you spell your name because you are either going to do well and move on or be forgotten VERY quickly.  You are recruited to do one thing....play ball.  We will spell your name any way we want....just shut up and score baskets.




Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:08 pm
 

Duke apparently can't spell P.J. Hairston

This Kid is going to be a stud at UNC. The point is, a prestigious academic school such as Duke comes across as callous and uncaring when not spelling a recruits name correctly. Plus he had a chance to play at a top basketball just over the last 20 years or so (Duke), or a chance to play at one the greatest programs of all time (UNC). I for one am glad to call Mr. Hairston a TARHEEL!



Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:03 pm
 

Duke apparently can't spell P.J. Hairston

THIS IS THE WORST CASE OF A NON STORY IVE EVER SEEN....CBS....THIS IS A LOW POINT....WRITE ABOUT THE WEATHER OR SOMETHINGT


Umm, this is a sports news site, not sure exactly what else you would like CBS to report on. It's a story because two rival schools were going after the same top recruit and one lost out because of a dumb mistake. It's not like it went five pages. Relax buddy. Oh, hit the Caps Lock button please.



Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: May 17, 2011 10:23 am
 

Duke apparently can't spell P.J. Hairston

THIS IS THE WORST CASE OF A NON STORY IVE EVER SEEN....CBS....THIS IS A LOW POINT....WRITE ABOUT THE WEATHER OR SOMETHING



Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: May 17, 2011 9:04 am
 

Duke apparently can't spell P.J. Hairston

Nobody could. Because it doesn't sound phonetically like it's spelled. If I didn't know the dork I'd probably spell it Shushefsky. Only Duke would have a coach who's name is spelled like that. I bet I can spell Tressell = Cheater who still can't win big games. And one more thing...Austin Rivers couldn't carry James McAdoo's jock strap.



Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:53 am
 

Duke apparently can't spell P.J. Hairston

Yo Ek, I literally LMAO when I read your post. Yep, Shooshefski is part of the "Rodentia Club" along with Monica Seles. lol.
War furball.


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