Nothing silly about this ‘Pooh,’
Hairston is Blue Dragon hoops royalty
Mention the name “Pooh” to a Blue Dragon basketball fan and the name Roy Hairston will likely come up.
“Pooh” Hairston earned that name recognition during two spectacular seasons where the Blue Dragons won 64 games and program popularity was at an all-time high.
Playing from 1992-94, all Hairston did was become Blue Dragon Men’s Basketball’s first two-time NJCAA All-American, earn NJCAA Tournament Most Valuable Players honors after leading the Blue Dragons to the 1994 national championship and become the program’s all-time leading scorer.
Hairston’s career numbers are simply staggering.
He left HutchCC as the holder of seven career, three single-season and six freshman records, not to mention being listed in 36 career, single-season and freshmen Top 10 lists.
The Indianapolis native is one of only five players in Blue Dragon history to have at least 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career.
Hairston scored 1,687 points, some 226 points more than the second-place total. He has two of the Dragons' five 800-point seasons in team history.
Hairston also holds career records for scoring average (23.1) and made field goals (634).
During that magical year of 1994, Hairston scored a single-season record 880 points and averaged 22.6 points per game while shooting 56 percent from the field. He was named a first-team All-American - the program’s third in history - after earning second-team All-America honors as a freshman.
After graduating from Hutchinson, Hairston went to Purdue University to play for Blue Dragon coaching great and Quarterback Club Hall of Fame member Gene Keady, where he was a third-team All-Big 10 selection.
Hairston went on to have a long and successful career outside the United States, playing professionally in Russia, Turkey, Italy, Switzerland, the Philippines and Venezuela.
In 2006, Hairston was the top vote-getter on Hutchinson’s all-75th Anniversary team.