When top North Carolina basketball recruit PJ Hairston wanted to choose a college close to home, the Duke Blue Devils thought they had it in the bag… that was until Hairston choose rival UNC because of some costly spelling mistakes.
Despite being recruited by Florida, Georgetown and Wake Forest, the Hargrave Military Academy senior narrowed it down to his neighboring schools Duke and North Carolina. Though the schools may only be within 10 miles of each other, and Duke the most recent of the schools to win a championship, Hairston decided to go with UNC because they could spell his name right.
“The thing about Duke was, every time they sent me a letter, they wouldn’t spell my name right,” Hairston said. “They would have ‘T.J. Harrison’ or something like that. And I’m like, ‘OK. How can I go here? You can’t even spell my name right.’ It’s only two letters and HAIR and STON. I’m trying to figure out how that’s so hard.”