University of North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham told the Raleigh News & Observer on Friday that school officials spoke to the NCAA about Rodney Blackstock, a man with connections to NBA agents and to Tar Heels shooting guard P.J. Hairston. It was reported by USA Today in May that Blackstock paid thousands of dollars to the AAU coach of Kansas guard Ben McLemore, who is expected to be a high pick in next week's NBA draft. The payments were reported made on behalf of agents and financial advisers looking to lure McLemore as a client. Blackstock, a former UNC Greensboro player, has known Hairston for several years. The BigLead.com reported that the NCAA wishes to contact Hairston's mother, Wendy Mailey, regarding Blackstock. Hairston is due in court in August for a recent misdemeanor marijuana charge. Police also found a gun outside of the rented 2013 GMC Yukon that Hairston was driving at the time. It is not clear why he was driving a rented vehicle or who rented it. CBS Sports reported that the NCAA wants to find out if Blackstock is connected in any way. North Carolina coach Roy Williams has not made a decision on what, if any, disciplinary action he will take toward Hairston. "We're going to wait and see what happens," Williams told USA Today earlier this week. "I've got some ideas, but right now those ideas are staying in my mind. ... I am waiting until all the facts come in, and then I will take care of everything that needs to be taken care of." Hairston, a junior, led the Tar Heels with 14.6 points per game last season.
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