Jake Layman, junior, small forward, No. 10
Collegiate Stats: 8.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 0.9 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.7 bpg, 39.9% FG, 33.8% 3PT
Recruiting Ratings: Four stars, 71st-best player in nation, 19th-best small forward by 247sports
Who did Maryland beat out? Florida, Louisville, Notre Dame, Boston College
High School: King Philip Regional
Hometown: Wrentham, Mass.
High school highlights:
How'd He Get to College Park?
Layman committed to Maryland in September 2011 over a number of high-major offers and was one of the cornerstones of Mark Turgeon's first class at Maryland. He's now also only one of two remaining, along with Damonte Dodd: Sam Cassell Jr. never made it, while Seth Allen, Shaq Cleare and Charles Mitchell all transferred this past offseason.
Layman showed promise his freshman season, scoring points in limited playing time and playing solid defense. He was picked by many media organizations to be a breakout player his sophomore year, and while his numbers improved he was a slight disappointment to Maryland fans, particularly due to his conservative shot selection.
27 points against Morgan State.
Layman finally puts together his considerable offensive tools, becoming Maryland's second-leading scorer and a dangerous slasher who can shoot from deep.
Jake Layman is one of three "anointed" starters for Maryland this season, joining Melo Trimble and Dez Wells as players whose jobs are fairly safe for now. After a disappointing 2013-14, Terrapin fans will be looking for the small forward to be more aggressive in scoring situations, particularly in driving to the hoop (a skill he has but not has shown off much). With Evan Smotrycz out for the first month of the season, Layman's shooting ability (and height) will also come into use. Could this be the year he finally breaks out? We'll have to wait and see.
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