The Maryland Terrapins have reloaded their frontcourt depth with adding Boston College transfer Jairus Hamilton.
Current rules will have the forward having to sit out a year before his final two years of eligibility. However, the NCAA is voting at the end of June to have a one-time transfer waiver that would allow players to not have to sit for their first transfer.
At Boston College, the 6-foot-8 forward started 20 games last year as he battled an undisclosed injury. He significantly rose his per-game averages to 9.5 and 4.3 rebounds from his freshman year and was a critical part of the Eagles' offense.
Primarily playing as a lengthy wing, he won't have the same presence as Jalen Smith did in the post the last two seasons with the Terps. Hamilton shot 28% from behind the arc in 2019-20, attempting the fourth-most threes on the team. The Charlotte native can play and attack the post, but is not your typical shot-blocking, rebounding big man. Assuming Smith is entering the NBA draft, Maryland will still need to find depth under the basket.
The former four-star prospect and top-100 recruit received an offer from Maryland when recruited out of high school. As a member of the Class of 2018, he was in the same recruiting class as Smith.
Earlier this week it was reported that the Terps were also interested in Yale transfer Jordan Bruner. The grad transfer could immediately come in next season and presumably fill in Smith's role.
With Smith still on the roster, there is only one open scholarship available for the 2020-21 season, according to Verbal Commits.
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