It’s not every often that players have the opportunity to be drafted by their hometown teams.
For former Maryland basketball star Jake Layman, that goal took a step in the right direction on Wednesday as he worked out for the Boston Celtics. Layman was one of six players that the Celtics hosted for a workout along with DeAndre Bembry (St. Joseph’s), Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia), Josh Hart (Villanova), Abdel Nader (Iowa State), and Taurean Prince (Baylor).
The workout is very interesting because Boston has eight picks in the 2016 NBA Draft, including five in the second round. Layman is projected by many to be selected in the second round.
Layman was picked to go at No. 49 to the Detroit Pistons in DraftExpress’ latest mock draft. The Massachusetts native could be one of four former Terrapins to hear their name called in the second round, assuming that star guard Melo Trimble doesn’t return for his junior campaign.
During his senior season at Maryland, Layman averaged 11.6 points and 5.3 rebounds for a team that reached the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament.
Layman had an extremely productive career at Maryland. He played the bulk of his time at the small forward position, but was used as a stretch four in certain lineups.