Weekly recruiting roundup
Boston Amateur Basketball Club forward Jake Layman was one of many Maryland targets that impressed this week at the Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C.
Rivals.com's Eric Bossi noted that the Wrentham, Mass., native is drawing quite a bit of high-major attention.
One of our contemporaries dubbed Layman "40-love" because he moves like a jumbo sized tennis player. Boston College and Providence have been well represented for him and Maryland appears to be making a push while Texas is looking to get involved. He shoots, moves extremely well for a 6-foot-8 guy and seems to have high upside.
Layman spoke to Adam Zagoria at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League event and named Maryland his favorite. Check out the video below.
Offensively, Ibeh is very raw and doesn’t try to do much beyond layups and dunks. On the defensive side of the ball however, Ibeh is a force challenging everything that gets anywhere near the rim. He tallied 10 rebounds and 4 blocked shots in this contest and those blocks are coming against top 20 players nationally in Brandon Ashley and Aaron Gordon. He didn’t back down from the star studded Oakland Soldiers frontline and forced them to think before just punishing the rim.
Ibeh spoke to Zagoria about his recruitment.
“Within 72 hours of me sending [film] out, [Mark Turgeon] received them, watched them and left me a detailed message … and they offered him a full ride,” [Episcopal coach Jim] Fitzpatrick said. “Obviously [assistant coach Dalonte] Hill followed up with me and they’ve been recruiting him hard since.”
Moto missed the Peach Jam this week with an injury.
Team Takeover has been playing short-handed because forward Arnaud Adala Moto (Episcopal) has been sidelined this week with a dislocated kneecap. Stevens said he’ll return in two weeks.
• Philadelphia forward Amile Jefferson told The Recruit Scoop that North Carolina State, Villanova and Maryland are recruiting him the hardest.
The lean combo forward played strong around the rim and dominated the paint as an interior scorer. If he couldn't muscle in a shot, he got to the free throw line (18 times) and the usually poor free throw shooter did a good job of making important charity tosses. He finished with a team-high 26.
The 7'0 center from California played well on Saturday with several Pac-12 coaches in attendance to see him. He's got nice hands, rebounds well, and finishes in the paint pretty well.
Isaiah Zierden made 9 three-pointers, scored 49 points, and hit 12 of 12 free throws on day one.
Zierden told Golden Valley Patch that he's on Maryland's radar.
Zierden: I got some calls from (sic) Califronia, Creighton, Wofford and Manhattan. Maryland said that they want to come watch me at the Peach Jam. The schools want to come watch me play.
An intriguing prospect because of his length and deep range as a wing prospect, Price hit for 25 points on 6-10 shooting from three in his first outing.
[Aaron] Harrison (like his twin brother) can play either of the three perimeter positions. That versatility is a major strength and he can score and distribute. He is probably best on the wing but he can definitely be a combo guard. He is a streaky shooter with range to 22 feet and an excellent slasher thanks to his skill set and strong body.
Nixon, who is 6 feet 2 and 192 pounds, was recruited as a defensive back and is the second Central Catholic player to commit to Maryland, joining quarterback Perry Hills.
Check back with Recruiting Report later for more on Nixon's commitment.
• Owings Mills Patch this week profiled Maryland-bound defensive end Roman Braglio.
"About a week ago, (McDonogh football coach Dom) Damico pulled me into his office and told me that he will probably make me a team captain," Braglio said. "That's part of the reason that I've been working out so hard this summer. I want to make the next step and be a leader on next year's team."