The second round has a Maryland flavor to it.
Just minutes after Diamond Stone was drafted with the 40th overall pick, the Orlando Magic selected Jake Layman with the 47th overall pick. However, Orlando will trade Layman’s rights to the Portland Trail Blazers for a 2019 second round pick and cash considerations.
Layman was the second small forward picked in the second round behind Serbian wing Rade Zagorac. He was also one of two Terrapins to be selected in the 2016 installment of the NBA Draft.
Layman is coming off a season in which he averaged 11.6 points and 5.3 rebounds for a Maryland team that reached the Sweet 16.
Layman was projected by several mock drafts to be a mid-second round pick, so No. 47 is well within the range of what was expected. He had entered the NBA Draft after the 2014-15 season, but elected to return to College Park for a chance at a national championship.
Layman came to Maryland as a four-star recruit from Massachusetts and ended up being a cornerstone of the program. Out of the star-studded 2012 class, Layman was the only player to stick around after the likes of Seth Allen, Shaquille Cleare, and Charles Mitchell transferred.
During his time in College Park, Layman became more than just a three-point shooter. As a junior and senior, Layman was more selective with his field goal attempts and attacked the rim quite a bit.
His length makes him a tremendous asset. With a stellar point guard in Damian Lillard passing him the basketball, Layman should have plenty of opportunities to score in Portland.