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MM 10.28: Jairus Hamilton ruled immediately eligible for Maryland men’s basketball

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

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With less than a month until the start of the season, the uncertainty surrounding Maryland men’s basketball’s roster was lingering. On Tuesday, however, some of those doubts were put to rest.

Jairus Hamilton, the Boston College transfer who committed to Maryland on April 1, has received a waiver and will be immediately eligible for the 2020-21 season.

“I am so appreciative of the NCAA and Maryland for their efforts in granting me this opportunity,” Hamilton said in a press release. “I am proud to be a Maryland Terrapin and am looking forward to finishing my career with my teammates in College Park.”

The ruling is big news for the Terps, who were facing a depleted front court. The Terps have lost Makhi Mitchell, Makhel Mitchell, Ricky Lindo Jr., Joshua Tomaic and Jalen Smith within the last twelve months. The group will have a brand new look this season.

Hamilton, who is listed at 6’8”, 234 pounds, averaged 9.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game for the Eagles last season while shooting 54.5 % from inside the arc. While Hamilton will be needed as a force inside both offensively and defensively, he also gives the Terrapins the ability to stretch the floor as he brings over a career 28.8 % shooting clip from three-point range.

It is unknown whether or not Hamilton will start right away, but it is unquestionable that he will have an immediate impact. Hamilton gives Maryland’s roster a much-needed boost as it tries to defend its Big Ten title. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

“Nothing made me happier than to deliver this news to Jairus and our team at practice today,” said Turgeon. “Jairus remained positive throughout the entire process and we are thrilled for him.”

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