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Malik Hairston
traded to Spurs
SI Rank
3
Position: Class:
Sr
School: Conference: Ht., Wt.:
6'6, 220

BIOGRAPHY: Hairston returned to the Ducks for his senior season and posted career highs of 16.3 points per game and 52.5 percent shooting while grabbing 4.8 rebounds and adding 2.1 assists. He also had his best season from 3-point range, making 43.3 percent of his shots (52-for-120). Hairston's strong shooting, athleticism and size could make him a solid reserve in the NBA. He showed off his impressive shooting in a first-round NCAA tournament loss to Mississippi State this season, going 7-for-17 - including 3-for-8 from beyond the arc - to score a team-high 22 points while pulling down seven rebounds. Hairston was even more impressive in a win over No. 21 Arizona State on Jan. 5, making 11 of 17 shots - 3-for-5 from 3-point range - for a season high-tying 29 points. But he has average ball-handling skills and lacks intensity. He was expected to pick up the scoring slack after Aaron Brooks was drafted by Houston last summer, and while he helped Oregon reach the NCAAs, Hairston lacked the leadership ability that Brooks showed in helping the Ducks to the regional finals in 2007. Hairston is expected to be drafted late in the second round or not at all.

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