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Boston College transfer Jairus Hamilton commits to Maryland men’s basketball

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The Terps have their first transfer of the offseason.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: JAN 29 Louisville at Boston College Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Former Boston College forward Jairus Hamilton has committed to Maryland, he announced Wednesday.

The 6’8 small forward from Charlotte, North Carolina was the No. 75 recruit out of high school in the class of 2018, originally choosing the Eagles over the likes of Maryland and other ACC suitors.

At Boston College during the 2019-20 season, Hamilton averaged 9.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game across 24 appearances, including 20 starts. He shot 42.8 percent from the field and 28.1 percent from deep.

Hamilton burst onto the scene as a freshman, playing in 30 games and starting eight, averaging 5.6 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

The transfer comes at a time where head coach Mark Turgeon and his staff have plenty of spaces and a need for players to fill in. The Terp frontcourt is in need of the most help, as the program has just 6’7 Donta Scott, 6’10 Joshua Tomaic and 7’2 Chol Marial expected to return. Star forward Jalen Smith, who stands at 6’10, is expected to enter the NBA Draft, though no announcement has been made yet.

Due to NCAA transfer regulations Hamilton will likely sit for the 2020-21 season, barring a rule change. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.