Chris Paul Elite Guard Camp: PJ Hairston

By Marcus Shockley and James Blackburn

PJ Hairston (SG/SF, 6’6″, 2011) is one of several forwards who attended the Chris Paul Elite Guard camp in Winston-Salem in an attempt to improve their chances at playing multiple positions at the college or pro level.

PJ is the biggest of any of the high school players in attendance, so he has to use his size on occasion to make up ground on smaller players. During the second day of camp, he did surprisingly well in the ball handling drills, and he goes hard to the basket when slashing. He finished one drive with a left handed dunk.

Hairston has an NBA ready body, although he fades sometimes on his jumper, he has a good high floater. PJ says he hopes to improve his ball handling this weekend – he knows he is a big 2G but needs to improve his handles and take the ball the length of the court so he is ready when Coach Williams needs him to run PG.

He is working out with two days a week strictly focused on ball handling. He is going to be attending the NBA top 100 camp in the coming weeks.

He said he made the switch to Hargrave from Dudley because he feels Hargrave will better prepare him for the next level and the fact that they will have him eating right, which is something he feels is important. He also thinks the Boston Celtics will win the NBA Finals, but the series will go to seven games.

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