While his teammates danced their way onto the stage during introductions, junior guard P.J. Hairston made his Late Night with Roy entrance Friday night a bit more understated, only putting his hand over his heart and high-fiving fans with outstretched hands.
The move impressed coach Roy Williams, who lauded his beleaguered guard for entering without any “gyrations.”
The entrance, understated though it was, brought the crowd in the Smith Center to its feet, welcoming last year’s leading scorer back to his domain.
“I think it was something that he probably appreciated,” Williams said of the crowd’s applause. “I did, too. He’s had a tough, tough time — the majority of it caused by himself. But he still has had a tough, tough time. And I liked the way he just came out and waved at everybody and touched his heart.”
In his first 65 seconds on the court in the Blue and White scrimmage, which ended in a 50-50 tie on a buzzer-beating shot by Marcus Paige, Hairston erupted, knocking down two 3-pointers and adding another minutes later. Hairston finished the 20-minute scrimmage with 20 points coming from four 3-point and four 2-point buckets, according to unofficial statistics.