Former North Carolina swingman P.J. Hairston, suspended by the NCAA last month for rules violations, will resume his basketball career in the NBA D-League with the Texas Legends.
The Legends, who currently hold the No. 1 turn in the D-League's player selection process, used that pick Tuesday to select the former Tar Heel.
The Legends welcomed Hairston to the team in a tweet Tuesday afternoon.
— Texas Legends (@TexasLegends) January 14, 2014
Hairston formally put his name in the D-League player pool last Friday. The Legends, owned by Dallas Mavericks president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson and coached by former NBA veteran forward Eduardo Najera, are the Mavericks' D-League affiliate.
According to league rules, no NBA team can call Hairston up this season because he is eligible to enter the NBA draft this June. Thanasis Antetokounmpo, brother of Milwaukee Bucks rookie sensation Giannis Antetokounmpo, is in a similar situation this season with the D-League's Delaware 87ers, having committed to spending the entire season in the NBA's official developmental league before putting his name in the next NBA draft.
Hairston was the Tar Heels' top scorer last season as a sophomore, averaging 14.6 points per game. But school officials announced Dec. 20 that North Carolina would not seek Hairston's reinstatement from the NCAA after his suspension, which was triggered in part by the use of rental cars tied to a convicted felon.