Four-star forward recruit Jairus Hamilton picks Boston College over Terps, Mississippi State

Four-star senior forward recruit Jairus Hamilton committed to Boston College over Maryland and Mississippi State on Thursday.

Hamilton, rated the No. 64 overall prospect in the Class of 2018 in the 247Sports.com Composite rankings, also claimed offers from schools such as Kansas, Duke and North Carolina State.

The 6-foot-8 North Carolina native, who spoke infrequently about his recruitment as his decision date neared, has had a breakout winter for Cannon School (N.C.). Last month, against nationally ranked Oak Hill (Va.), he had a game-high 32 points and five rebounds on 10-for-18 shooting. The next day, in an overtime win against Westtown (Pa.) and Duke five-star signee Cam Reddish, he had 24 points and 10 rebounds.

It’s unclear how much the Terps were pushing for a commitment. Mount Saint Joseph star Jalen Smith likely projects as a forward in College Park, and Maryland is still recruiting top-150 forward Sam Froling, a native of Australia, and five-star center Moses Brown.

Depth remains a problem for the program. With centers Michal Cekovsky and Sean Obi graduating, and forward Justin Jackson and center Bruno Fernando on the NBA draft radar, the Terps could return only the inexperienced Joshua Tomaic and injury-prone Ivan Bender in their frontcourt next season.

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