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MM 10.7: Maryland men’s basketball still awaits news on Jairus Hamilton’s waiver

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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On April 1, former Boston College forward Jairus Hamilton announced his commitment to Maryland. Over six months later, the Terrapins have yet to hear word on his waiver for immediate eligibility.

Throughout the offseason, hundreds of waivers were approved for transfers. Due to circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, many received waivers that normally would not have. While it was widely thought that Hamilton made a great case for a waiver because he was transferring closer to home due to a family medical issue, the program has still yet to receive a decision.

The NCAA’s method to determine who is and isn’t deemed eligible is clearly not an inexact science. Across the nation, only seven players have been denied waivers, while over one hundred have gotten theirs approved.

While three other Big Ten players await decisions, there are multiple teams in the Big Ten and across the Power Five that have already received waivers. Some include:

  • Rodney Howard, Georgia Tech
  • Kyle Sturdivant, Georgia Tech
  • Alan Griffin, Syracuse
  • Isaiah Wilkins, Wake Forest
  • Liam Robbins, Minnesota
  • Trey McGowens, Nebraska
  • Tyler Harris, Iowa State
  • Kaosi Ezeagu, Kansas State
  • Jamarius Burton, Texas Tech
  • James Akinjo, Arizona
  • Holland Woods, Arizona State
  • Johnny Juzang, UCLA
  • Colin Castleton, Florida
  • Olivier Sarr, Kentucky (needs to be approved by SEC)
  • Bryan Penn-Johnson, LSU
  • Javian Davis-Fleming, Mississippi State

If Hamilton receives a waiver, he immediately slides into a huge role for the Terps. Hamilton, who averaged 9.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game last year for Boston College, will be a versatile piece for Maryland.

At 6’8” and 234 pounds, Hamilton could play big when needed. With the losses of Jalen Smith, Ricky Lindo and Joshua Tomaic, he’ll likely be asked to play minutes at the power forward spot in smaller lineups. His career 28.8 percent clip from three-point range also gives the Terps an option to spread the floor on offense.

Maryland is hoping that Hamilton receives a waiver, and the curiosity surrounding why he has not received a decision yet is lingering.

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Former Terp and Buffalo Bills wide receiver Stefon Diggs has made his mark as one of the NFL’s best wideouts in 2020.

Former Terp and current Seattle Storm forward Crystal Langhorne won her second career WNBA title after Seattle swept Las Vegas in the Finals.

Terp programs celebrated National Coaches Day with posts on social media.