Maryland Terrapins forward Jake Layman will be out four to six weeks with a fractured bone in his left hand, according to reports by InsideMDSports.com. The 6’8 junior is not expected to require surgery on the wrist, but cannot participate in basketball related activities in the meantime.
Layman finished third on the team in scoring last year at 11.7 points per game, was tied for first in blocks, and is the second-best returning three point shooter for the Terrapins. This is a huge summer for Layman, as he is expected to increase his play significantly this year in light of the slew of transfers the Terps have faced, including second-leading scorer Seth Allen, Nick Faust, Charles Mitchell, Shaquille Cleare, and Roddy Peters.
This marks the second Terrapins player who will miss time this offseason with a broken bone. Incoming freshman big man Trayvon Reed came first when he fractured his right ankle in early June while playing pickup softball.
The good news is that Layman should be back in plenty of time for the start of basketball season, even if we go with the more pessimistic timetable of six weeks. He’ll still be able to run, and while missing a few weeks might add on a bit of rust, this shouldn’t have any big lingering effects. The injury happened at, arguably, a perfect time and there’s no question the Terps are not going to rush him back as they don’t need to.
But it has to be frustrating for the team given that every offseason it seems like someone is being injured. Allen, Howard, Layman, Reed.
Get well soon, Mr. Layman.