Hairston isn't as good as Barnes...but I think he can put up similar numbers. Barnes wasn't what I thought he'd be...and where did I get these thoughts? Well from him, mostly. Yeah the media hyped him up too, but Barnes wasn't shying away from it. If Barnes had kept his mouth shut about brands and just played, I seriously doubt most people that are dissing him now, would have. Hansbrough was probably the best player we've had (IMO) in the past 20 years...and he never talked about himself, or hyped himself...ever. And yes I know the past 20 years has some good players (Carter, Jamison, Lawson, etc), but Hansbrough was a better college player than any of them.
I am just curious why you think that? Barnes averaged 17ppg and 5rpg, which are pretty good numbers and I just don't see an overweight jump shooter putting up those kinds of numbers. Hairston averaged 6ppg and 2rpg and shot 27% from 3, could see him putting up numbers like Bullock but not Barnes.
As far as the Barnes hype I agree he did bring some of it on himself but he did have a the best season for a heel since Hansbrough.