Tuesday night, head coach Mark Turgeon and the Terps received exciting news as the NCAA notified the program that transfer forward Jairus Hamilton was granted a waiver and is immediately eligible for the 2020-21 season. Hamilton, a transfer from Boston College, has been practicing with the Terps since he arrived in College Park. However, he was waiting on official word from the NCAA regarding his status.
“I am so appreciative of the NCAA and Maryland for their efforts in granting me this opportunity,” Hamilton said. “I am proud to be a Maryland Terrapin and am looking forward to finishing my career with my teammates in College Park.”
The 6-foot-8-inch forward averaged 9.5 points and 4.3 rebounds last season for the Eagles and figures to be a key part of Maryland’s rotation this season. During his two seasons at Boston College, Hamilton appeared in 54 games, starting 28 of them.
Since the beginning of last season, Maryland’s frontcourt has changed drastically. The Terps lost Jalen Smith, Joshua Tomaic, Ricky Lindo Jr. as well as Makhi and Makhell Mitchell in the front court. As a result of those losses, Maryland had some serious question marks regarding front court depth entering this season. However, Hamilton will help provide both depth and veteran experience to that group. He joins Donta Scott, Chol Marial, Galin Smith and Arnaud Revaz as one of only five terps above 6-foot-7-inches.
“Nothing made me happier than to deliver this news to Jairus and our team at practice today,” Turgeon said. “Jairus remained positive throughout the entire process and we are thrilled for him. I am extremely thankful to the NCAA for diligently working with our administration, compliance staff and Jairus’ family to see this through.”
The Maryland basketball season is scheduled to begin in late November, and Hamilton’s ability to play immediately provides the Terps with a massive boost so late in the offseason.