Maryland basketball secures Boston College transfer Jairus Hamilton
Maryland men's basketball head coach Mark Turgeon celebrates winning his first Big Ten title before cutting the net at Xfinity Center on March 8, 2020. (Joe Ryan/The Diamondback)
Maryland men’s basketball found a potential solution to some of its frontcourt depth concerns Wednesday, securing transfer Jairus Hamilton from Boston College. Hamilton, who just finished his sophomore year, will need to sit out a season unless the NCAA passes a one-time transfer waiver or he receives an individual exception.
CBS Sports and Stadium first reported the news before Hamilton tweeted a photo of himself in a Terps jersey and coach Mark Turgeon tweeted a celebratory GIF of himself.
Hamilton — who was a top-100 prospect out of high school from Charlotte, North Carolina — got off to a strong start during his freshman campaign with the Eagles. The 6-foot-8 forward featured in 30 games and averaged 5.6 points.
— Jhammy⛹???? (@j_hamilton007) April 1, 2020
His sophomore-year jump led to him averaging over 25 minutes per game and starting 20 contests while posting 9.5 points and 4.3 rebounds. Hamilton missed time on the court as the season came to a close due to injury and he wound up entering the transfer portal in late March.
The Terps lost 6-foot-8 sophomore Ricky Lindo on Monday, when he announced he would enter the transfer portal. Hamilton’s addition seems to fill that void. Lindo averaged under two points per game, and his minutes declined in his sophomore year.
— Mark Turgeon (@CoachTurgeon) April 1, 2020
Should forward Jalen Smith leave for the NBA Draft, Maryland will still have a gap at the five. Chol Marial — a 7-foot-2 center who saw limited time during his rookie campaign as he worked back from long-nagging injuries — could factor into that solution.
Joshua Tomaic, a reserve frontcourt piece who can play the four or the five, hasn’t officially announced if he will enter the transfer portal. The Terps also have Donta Scott, a 6-foot-7 forward who showed versatility and promise as a freshman.
Adding Hamilton — who may have to sit a season unless a waiver is granted — would help paper over some of the cracks in that department.