In a statement, Hairston said he submitted paperwork to play in the league Friday. He also said he is taking an online course through UNC toward his communications major and turned in his first assignment Thursday.
The Tar Heels’ leading scorer never played this season after the school decided in December not to seek his reinstatement for NCAA rules violations, including using rental vehicles tied to a felon and party promoter in Durham.
Hairston said in his statement he is “excited to continue to pursue my degree at UNC while also pursuing my dream of becoming a professional basketball player.”
FLORIDA: The No. 10 Gators will be without leading scorer Casey Prather at Arkansas today.
Coach Billy Donovan says the senior forward has a bone bruise on his right knee.
Prather had some swelling in his knee after Wednesday night’s win against South Carolina, and team doctors initially thought he might have torn cartilage. But tests Thursday revealed no structural damage.
Prather is averaging 17 points a game this season and leads the Southeastern Conference in shooting at 62.4 percent.
Point guard Scottie Wilbekin, who left Wednesday’s game with a sprained right ankle, is questionable to play against the Razorbacks. Wilbekin sat out practice Thursday and Friday, but should play. Donovan says he’s unlikely to start, though.
Center Patric Young also missed practice Thursday with sore knees.