2019-20 Boston College Basketball Player Profile: Jared Hamilton
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
The 6’4’’ senior is heading into his second year for Boston College and his last at the collegiate level. Jared Hamilton started his freshman year of college ball at Jacksonville State University and then transferred to Georgia Southern for his sophomore year before joining his brother Jarius with the Eagles last year, in which he gained eligibility later in the season.
According to sophomore Chris Herren Jr. who told BCeagles.com “Our team is taking big steps this year, just playing harder.” Jared Hamilton could be one of those reasons. Last year was Hamilton’s first year with the team and at times during the season, he struggled adjusting to a completely new squad having to play at the ACC level. Having last year and the entire offseason, Hamilton will hopefully be in a much more comfortable place this year on the court and acclimate to the level of play in the ACC because his athleticism perfectly fits the needs of the program.
With Hamilton hopefully taking that next step this year, he could certainly be a player that could open some eyes. Jared Hamilton told BCeagles.com, “I think it's gonna be a fun style of play to watch.”
The rising senior has gained thirteen pounds from his freshman year to his senior year, significantly helping Hamilton fill out and create a bigger and stronger force when driving to the basket. As a guard this has helped him collect more offensive boards which could be a big help for the Eagles, he started to really show this in the meat of the ACC schedule. The left-handed guard will need to improve his game from beyond the arc shooting a mere 13% from long range last year, something Jim Christian will need without scorers like Ky Bowman or Wynston Tabbs.
Hamilton's role this season could increase with the absence of Wynston Tabbs due to injury and the graduation of Bowman. Last year he saw almost 25 minutes a game, but without a go to scoring option this year, he may need to take more shots and become more of contributor on offense. Whether he can become a player who averages 10-15 points a game and can be an effective offensive contributor remains a big question mark going into this season.