It's only a matter of time 6-foot-6 small forward/swingman Malik Hairston of The Family program in Detroit, Michigan will land in the top 40 of most scouting lists. "He's that good," said RivalsHoops.com's Russ Blake, who watched Hairston play at the Spiece Tournament.
Hairston's performance came after RivalsHoops.com had tallied most of its votes for the Top 100. Blake reported at Spiece: "Hairston absolutely erupted for 38 points on Saturday afternoon as The Family downed the Spiece Top Prospects, 73-59, to claim the pool title."
An exceptionally quick slashing big wing, Hairston heated up from beyond the arc in the second half as the Family doused any chances of a Spiece second half comeback. The long armed swing also did an admirable job on Spiece Star Robert Vaden, who was held to 13 points after victimizing his team's first two pool opponents.
Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Kansas, Missouri, UCLA and Kentucky are his top schools. If he continues his play this weekend at Spiece, he could establish himself as a possible serious candidate for the McDonald's All American game. "He could possibly be one," Blake said. "He was a dominant player at Spiece, but a lot will depend on his July."
As a junior at Renaissance H.S., Hairston averaged 22 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and three blocks per game. He said he has a 3.0 GPA and will take the ACT in June.
"He's fast, has good size and plays very hard," Blake said. "He is an excellent scorer going to the basket. When his three pointer is on, he's very hard to stop."
Hairston will attend the Nike All-American Camp in July and continue to tour the spring and summer circuit with Durand "Speedy" Walker's Family program.
The first week of June is the next time RivalsHoops.com releases its top 100. The name Malik Hairston is likely to be placed very high.