CHAPEL HILL – Former North Carolina men’s basketball player P.J. Hairston has been picked up by the Dallas Mavericks’ NBA Development League affiliate, the Texas Legends, according to Yahoo! Sports.
Hairston sat out the first ten games of Carolina’s season before the university announced it would not seek reinstatement of the junior guard.
Hairston scored 707 points and nailed down 127 three-pointers in 71 games as a Tar Heel. Last year, he led UNC in scoring at 14.6 points per game and made 89 threes, the second-most in Carolina single-season history.
Hairston received a traffic citation for reckless driving on July 28, less than a week after charges against him, stemming from a June 5 arrest, were dismissed.
Hairston, 20, was driving 93 mph in a 65 mph zone on southbound Interstate 85 near Salisbury when a state trooper pulled him over around 4:30 p.m, First Sgt. Jeff Gordon told multiple media outlets. He was driving a 2008 Acura TL.
In June, the Greensboro native was arrested and charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession and driving without a license after getting stopped at a license checkpoint. Those charges were dismissed on July 22 after he completed a drug assessment and provided the court his current driver’s license.
Following the arrest, it was discovered that Hairston was driving a 2013 GMC Yukon rented under the name Haydn Thomas, a convicted felon who has been linked to other college athletes. Hairston was also cited for speeding in May while driving a 2012 Camaro SS rented by Catinia Farrington, a woman who shares the same home address as Thomas.