Greensboro, NC -- P.J. Hairston's mom was among the crowd in Kansas City on Friday night watching him. But the rest of his family was back in Greensboro at the family restaurant, where the cheers and the stress of the game were spread out between BBQ and hush puppies.
"I make all the games at Carolina, but the away games, I'm usually here working. So, I just run to the front every time I hear Hairston and I cheer," said William Turner, Hairston's father. "It's a normal thing."
On game nights, the dining area at Boss Hog's becomes Hairston's family's living room.
Hairston's younger brothers, former coaches and friends are in the seats. His father and grandparents are behind the counter.
"We started working with P.J. when he was 9 years old," said Rodney Westmoreland, a basketball coach. "He's a very hard worker."
Everyone at the restaurant was thinking about one thing Friday night.
"Very exciting first of all. And then, you're kind of on the edge of your seat . You want him to do so well," said Turner. "You just hope for the best. That's all you can do."
With 23 points and five rebounds, Hairston was the Tar Heels' leading scorer against Villanova Friday night.
"It makes me feel proud. Makes me feel like I did something good. And we all did something good...waiting for the other ones to follow in his footsteps," said Turner.
Hairston has two younger brothers. Tre Turner is 12 and Walter Turner is nine.
Turner said his wish is that all three of his sons are taller than him and they all get a great education.
Hairston is the oldest. At 6'6" it looks like they're off to a pretty good start.
Hairston's family said they plan to go to the next game to watch him play.
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