Tuesday, May 17th, 2011 at 11:28 am  |  36 responses

Duke Misspells Recruit’s Name So He Signs With UNC

Saw that Duke lost on a great player on The Big Lead and traced it back to the News and Record: “P.J. Hairston said he seriously considered committing to Florida, Georgetown, Wake Forest and ‘I hope people don’t hate me when I say this, but Duke’ before signing with North Carolina… A recurring mistake helped him decide. ‘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.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com Susan Price

    Best. Thing. Ever. Higher education.

  • c.a

    Their Their D.J, ewe maid the write joyce

  • http://ZOGS.COM ZOGS

    lol tru dat. funny how a universititay can make such a spelling mistake

  • dumb

    Great reason…. This kid probably couldnt get into Duke anyway

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZKZ-KmR5Qw Max


  • robb

    Well done Mr.Harstone.

  • http://www.slamomline.com blackvictory23

    f*ck Duke…great story.

  • hambone

    man Duke missed out on J.J Hariston,what a loss

  • blackvictory23

    another reason to hate Duke

  • Asad

    So sad we didn’t get T.J. he would’ve been a great asset as our 5th guard off the bench.

  • http://www.slamonline.com kingston2317

    another reason to hate Duke

  • Remo Williams

    lol w2g hairson!


    Trust me P.J. U will not regret going 2 UNC. F√ck duke!

  • Jim C

    Would anyone expect anything else from Dook?

  • Papa Smurf

    I can’t stand PUKE

  • unrel

    WWJD.. what would jalen do?

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    @asad – really?
    Fifth guard off the bench?
    Would Tyler Thorton and David Mayer had gotten more burn than him?
    Typical Duke, thinking your sh*t don’t stick.
    Now first of all, how in the hell could they mispell Hairston when they have a kid named Hairston on their roster right now!!!
    Secondly, you would think a coach named Krzyzewski who had recruited kids with names like Wojciechowski and Melchionni would know how to spell “Hairston”.
    I bet they never once mispelled “Plumlee” though…

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    *sh*t don’t stink.
    Apparently, my writing stinks this morning…

  • http://bulls.com airs

    your writing sticks, dawg

  • T-Money

    that’s actually pretty telling. if they make a mistake in your name, you probably weren’t a priority.

  • http://www.bulls.com Rigo Gonzalez

    @ airs – Ha!

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    I don’t blame him. They don’t respect you much if they repeatedly do that. Then again, maybe the name was right and they kept writing the wrong address.

  • SikhWitIt

    Mr. Harristown will be fine in Chapel Hill…

  • B-More Mike

    @dumb: he went to Hargrave Military Academy, I doubt grades were a problem. He’s going to fit in quite well with us.

  • jtam101

    Maybe Hairston is illiterate.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Mars

    UNC is super stack’d for the next 2 yrs. Duke produces bust for some odd reason. Lemme say not on that list G.Hill, EB, Maggette, Booze, and Luol Deng. Bet ya’ll forgot he was a Dukie, cause he plays like a Huskie.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Mars

    Sorry Shane…remember Trajon Langdon “the Alaskian Assassin”??? Sean Dockery, boo hoo. RoShown McLeod? How is Coach K developing these guys who don’t live up to the hype in the pros? Makes no sense.

  • Bye bye

    Duke trying to bank on rivers

  • Double J

    JP Harestone don’t worry, U’ll get ur opportunity to say, “hey look, i’m a great waterboy for unc! u missed out DOOK!”

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    This is the single best recruiting story ever.

  • BostonBaller

    I’m not a huge Duke fan but I doubt they were trying to disrespect the young man. If letters were reaching him with the SAME misspelling it only proves that they send out computer generated recruiting letters instead of doing what they and other schools say they do (the personal touch letters) If the spelling was different every other time then the intern(s) who …NEVER mind who cares…

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  • darkside

    You mean to tell me all those dukies pampers can spell P.J. thats a dam shame. Well thk you Kzy blah blah, We Tar Heels now have P.J and JP Tokoto HaHa. Here comes another chip…..

  • troy

    Duke is puke. Wake is fake. The team I hate is NC state. Can’t go heaven in a red canoe cuz gods favorite color is Carolina blue.

  • CH

    fifth off bench for dook? Lets see he will be the 3rd off the bench for UNC who is better than dook so that really makes no sense at all.

  • DieselMechanic

    The funny thing is I just looked at the roster and Duke already has a Hair Ston on the team. lol