WKU basketball welcomes Maryland transfer Jairus Hamilton

Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 5:13 PM CDT
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - WKU basketball is loading up for a run at the NCAA Tournament next March.

Hilltopper basketball head coach Rick Stansbury announced Monday Maryland’s Jairus Hamilton will be transferring to WKU.

Hamilton comes to The Hill after one season playing for the Terps, but has two years of experience at Boston College before that. Hamilton will be cleared to play immediately with two years left of eligibilty.

The top-100 prospect out of high school appeared in all 31 games for Maryland last season, averaging 6.5 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. While shooting a boasting 43% from the 3-point line including a 56% mark over the last 10 games of the season and shot 5-6 during the Big Ten Tournament.

As a sophomore at Boston College, Hamilton averaged 9.5 points and 4.3 rebounds while making 20 starts. He led the team with a 55% field-goal percentage and shot 78% from the free-throw line.

Hamilton scored a career-high 23 points with eight rebounds and five made 3-pointers that year in a home win over Virginia Tech, and he was also the game MVP in the Al Attles Classic against Cal with 18 points and eight boards. Hamilton averaged 5.6 points and four rebounds with eight starts in 30 appearances as a college freshman in 2018-19. 

Before arriving at Boston College, Hamilton completed a standout career at Cannon High School in North Carolina, where he finished as the school’s No. 2 all-time leading scorer with 2,574 career points in three varsity seasons. As a senior, he averaged 28.3 points, 13.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.1 steals while leading his team to the quarterfinals of the NCISAA 3A state championship.

This is the second transfer to come to WKU in the last week after the Tops added DePaul transfer Jaylen Butz to the roster on Friday.

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