P.J. Hairston no longer enrolled at UNC

acarter@newsobserver.comJanuary 9, 2014 

UNC's P.J. Hairston drives to the basket during a game against Virginia in Chapel Hill on Feb. 16, 2013.

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— Former North Carolina basketball player P.J. Hairston is not enrolled at the university as a full-time student, athletic department spokesman Steve Kirschner said on Thursday.

Kirschner said that Hairston’s family is expected to make a statement on Friday that details Hairston’s plans. His potential options include entering the NBA’s Developmental League. Hairston is expected to prepare for the NBA draft, which is June.

Hairston, who led the Tar Heels in scoring last season, left school after the university decided not to seek his reinstatement after it investigated whether he had received impermissible benefits. Hairston didn’t play in a game this season.

UNC recently declined to release records related to its investigation into Hairston, but on at least two occasions – when he received a speeding ticket last May, and when he was arrested in Durham last June at a checkpoint – he drove rental cars tied to Haydn “Fats” Thomas, a convicted felon.

Leslie McDonald, a senior guard at UNC, drove luxury cars connected to the same man, and his use of those vehicles are the primary reason why McDonald sat out UNC’s first nine games before the NCAA reinstated him.

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