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Layman

I think some need to temper their expectations of him a bit as far as his first year is concerned. I've seen a number of FanPosts lately about the historical impact the ESPN top 100 have had during their freshman campaigns, and I think Layman especially still faces an upward battle (strength, assertiveness, quickness). Sure he had a lot of other high majors coming at him, but for the most part, this was based on his 4-year potential (let's face it, he's not going anywhere soon) rather than what he's already proven. Playing for one of the top two AAU programs in the nation is no cakewalk, but if any of you caught some of his games during the national tournament last summer, I'm sure you recall he was still very much a role player in that environment (6th man, not a primary option on the offensive end). Indeed, this environment only gets tougher when it comes to the ACC. I agree his fundamentals (dribble, pass, shoot) are sound for his size, which lead many to believe he is a steal. But as far as his high school competition is concerned, forget about his averages -- his league is probably comparable to what Domonte Dodd faced throughout the eastern shore. As it seems, Layman is way more coordinated than Dodd and has a much better basketball IQ, but I think the leagues surprisingly similar when it comes to talent. In many ways Layman reminds me of a Tyler Roche type player who was a stretch 4 for BC a few years back. He came from NH (I played against him in HS/AAU) and he easily dominated that scene, but when it came to the ACC, struggled to make himself a household name.

Don't get me wrong, I think Layman has great potential. When looking at his size, fundamentals, and length its easy to think it's eventually all going to come together. The fact that Turge was so candid with Parker is definitely a good sign, and I trust his judgement over mine. But from what I've read on FanPost comments lately, some may forget Jake is still very much a project (as all recruits are).

Based on +/- impact next year i think Shaq and Charles lead the way. Depending on how well Howard recovers, I actually think Cassell (assuming he recommits, which I'm not sure will happen BTW), will come third followed by Layman and then Allen. We're certainly looking better on the wing with Layman and Faust, but it remains to be seen how much Faust will actually get out to his natural position.

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