Much of the pre-draft focus surrounding former North Carolina swingman P.J. Hairston has centered on the New York Knicks attempting to move up to acquire his services at some point in the late first round. However, a team with prime position to draft him has emerged as a potential suitor, as Hairston will reportedly hold a workout with the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.
PJ Hairston has workouts with Utah tomorrow and Philadelphia on Wednesday.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 7, 2014
The 6-foot-5 Hairston is known as one of the best pure shooters in the entire 2014 draft class, and as a result, the fit with the shooting-starved Sixers makes some sense. However, Philadelphia currently holds two first round picks, the 3rd and 10th selections, and it would be considered a fairly significant reach if the 76ers elected to nab Hairston with the 10th overall pick.
Still, Philadelphia could be a prime candidate to move down, bringing Hairston into view, and the pundits are beginning to take a liking to him despite his checkered past in Chapel Hill. At the moment, Draft Express projects P.J. Hairston as the 25th overall pick to the Houston Rockets, and ESPN’s Chad Ford pegs him as the 23rd overall player and the 5th-ranked shooting guard in the class.
It will be incredibly interesting to see where Hairston lands when the draft occurs in late June, but more than that, his situation will be an intriguing test case for a player who failed to gain eligibility during his last season in college.