After a good win over Miami kicked off the 2011 football campaign and the Randy Edsall era, Mark Turgeon and co. have chipped in with their own Labor Day contribution – securing the commitment of 2012 small forward Jake Layman.
Layman, a 6’8″, 200 pound small forward out of Wrentham, Mass., plays at King Philip Regional and plays AAU ball for BABC. He is rated four stars by ESPN (#11 SF) and Scout (#9 SF) and three stars by Rivals (#21 SF). Comparisons to Kyle Singler have been made, and he’s definitely a solid player for what should be a large and deep class.
Last season, he averaged 24.6 points, 13.6 rebounds, 4.6 blocks, 3.1 steals, and 2.3 assists per game, and this is representative of how well-rounded he is as a player. He can play the three or the four (even possibly the two with a better offensive game), but his strength comes on the defensive end of the floor. His arms are extremely long and he’s a force in the lanes.
Syracuse, Louisville and Notre Dame were among those that offered Layman a scholarship after he exploded onto the scene with a great summer.
Layman joins point guard Seth Allen and power forward/center Shaquille Cleare in the class, and will challenge Mychal Parker as the future of the small forward spot at Maryland.
We’ll keep you updated as the class moves forward.
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