According to Richard Hairston, the father of Malik Hairston, his son is just a few days away from making the biggest decision of his early life. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound shooting guard/small forward from Renaissance High School in Detroit, MI., took an official visit to Oklahoma on Friday and spent Sunday afternoon on the Michigan campus for an unofficial visit.
“The visit to Oklahoma was very impressive,” Richard Hairston said. “Coach Sampson has a lot more going for him than he lets on. It was a very short visit, but it was a good visit. Coach Sampson spent a lot of time with Malik and dealt with every possible issue that he might have had. Coach Sampson made a final statement to Malik and did so with class. I really appreciated the fact that Coach Sampson didn’t put any additional pressure on my son. It was a great visit and Coach Sampson has a great deal of class. Oklahoma is very much in the mix right now.”
Hairston returned home on Saturday and immediately left for Michigan the following day. He and his family decided to take one final unofficial visit to Ann Arbor before making a decision about what school to attend.
“The visit to Michigan was ok,” Mr. Hairston said. “We were a little tough with our questions, but Coach Amaker has a lot of integrity. He is very dedicated to his players and coaches, so that’s something we appreciate. He also has a very good team coming back. Now that we have taken all of our visits, we plan to sit down as a family and make a decision. I would imagine we will announce the decision by the middle of this week.”
Rivals.com ranks Hairston No. seven on the Rivals150 list and the second best shooting guard in the class of 2004.