P.J. Hairston Signed with North Carolina After Duke Kept Misspelling His Name

P.J. Hairston is a pretty easy name to spell and remember. It’s two initials and a simple last name — P.J. Hairston. Pretty easy, right? You would think so, but apparently that was not the case for Duke.

Hairston is a 6’4″ guard from Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia who signed to play basketball for North Carolina. He says he was considering Florida, Georgetown, Wake Forest, and Duke in addition to Carolina, but he ultimately decided he wanted to stay close to home. So how did he choose between Carolina and Duke? A recurring error by the Blue Devils certainly helped sway his decision.

“The thing about Duke was, every time they sent me a letter, they wouldn’t spell my name right,” Hairston told the Greensboro News & Record. “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.”

Yeesh, that’s a pretty bad mistake. I understand that Duke probably is following hundreds of recruits and sending out a thousand letters, but you have to pay closer attention to details. If there’s any school that can afford to make a mistake in recruiting, it may be Duke which can practically pick the players they want, but that’s still pretty embarrassing. The good news is Hairston at least took matters into his own hands compared to Kendrys Morales who waited five years before correcting people.

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  • radiostorm777

    Interesting, considering PJ Hairston was never OFFERED by Duke.  Check Rivals, Scout, or anyone else.  He never received an offer for a scholarship from Duke.  How can you turn down someone if you’re never offered?  This article is ridiculous hearsay.

  • Daniel Sohn

    It’s never stated that he received an offer from Duke.  He was choosing between schools and his name was spelled wrong on the Duke letters, which could have been about anything, like setting up tours or something.

  • Anonymous

    It doesn’t matter.  He won’t be at Duke, or North Carolina for longer than a year anyway.  Just 11 games can make you a lottery pick in the NBA. 

  • Anonymous

     This simple error by someone at Duke takes a well-respected institution and makes the entire school look unprofessional. It is an issue I fought as the supervisor of a case-management company. Over and over I took my case managers (all with college degrees) to task for sloppy business letters rife with mis-spellings, poor grammar and punctuation. I finally got to the point where, instead of correcting the letters and sending them out with a copy of the corrected letter to the CM, I sent the letters back to them with instructions to correct them. When they failed to find their errors I had to resort to marking their letters with a red pen, as if they were in a high school English class. Instead of learning how to write professional letters they went to the owner of the company to complain. When she came to me I explained that something as simple as a poorly written letter made the entire company look unprofessional. Instead of caring about the image of her company the owner told me to back off. I left shortly after that and started my own, one woman company. Interestingly, many of the accounts followed me. Was I a better case manager than those who remained with the company? Probably not. But the account managers perceived that I was more professional and cared more about the quality of work that came out of my company. Ironically, the owner of the other company once told me “perception is everything.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/Duane37 Duane Linker

     I checked PJ or TJ or just J on Ryals and he never made a visit to Duke and was never given an offer to Duke . Remember Coach K was not upset with the fact that people could not spell his name correctly. So where does that leave yoy TJ Harristooooooon. OOPs check my spelling.