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September 6, 2011

Terps land forward Jake Layman

On a night when Maryland's football team made headlines with a nationally televised win over Miami, the Terps basketball program got some good news of its own.

Jake Layman, a 6-foot-8, 190-pound small forward from King Philip Regional High in Wrentham, Mass., committed to Maryland after an official visit to College Park, according to multiple media reports.

"I like Coach [Mark] Turgeon's style of play, his offense is a good fit for me," Layman told ESPNBoston.com. "The ACC is a good conference for me, too. I think it's the most skilled conference in the country, I like it a lot. I've spent a lot of time with the players [on my visits], I know them real well, and they're easy to talk to, so that’s good. Plus, I have the opportunity to be an impact player my freshman year."

Layman, rated a four-star prospect and the No. 53 player in the 2012 class by ESPN.com, canceled visits to Florida, Louisville and Syracuse after deciding on the Terps. He is the third commitment of Maryland's 2012 class, joining Seth Allen, a combo guard from Fredericksburg (Va.) Christian, and Shaquille Cleare, a center from The Village School in Houston. King Phillip coach Sean McInnis told Recruiting Report in July that Layman was a fan of Maryland's coaching staff.

“Turgeon and [assistant coach Scott] Spinelli are two dynamic people,” McInnis said. “They are outstanding, family type of people. They do such a great job recruiting. They have been watching Jake and have been involved with Jake since [they were at Texas] A&M. They have been tremendous. They’re both tremendous people. Jake is extremely interested in Coach Turgeon as a person and a coach. He loves the Maryland area. His family has some very strong connections to the Maryland area.”

Check back with Recruiting Report on Tuesday for more on Layman's commitment.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 12:32 AM | | Comments (19)
        

Comments

Congratulations to the Terps, Coach Turgeon and young Mr. Layman. Nice signing. Although thinner at this point in his career, from what little I've seen of his game, he looks to me to be somewhat like Robbie Hummel at Purdue.

Awesome! Welcome Jake!

Nice piece to the puzzle. 2012 is looking good and there's more to come. Keep up the good work coaching staff. Lots to look forward to as a Terp fan! GO TERPS!!!

Another key piece! Now they can actually be a bit choosy with final spots to fill. That game last night helped out too! Of the three remaining scholarships available it would seem only one is a certainty to be awarded for 2012 if they really want the the Harrisons and maybe Britt or Anya in 2013. Then again, if Pankey's injuries prove chronic or Parker feels his opportunities are stunted at MD another scholarship could pop up for 2013. Matt, we all heard MD was the frontrunner for both Layman and Cleare. Any idea who else might be leaning toward MD now? I've heard Jefferson is looking toward other programs. Another center and forward would provide tremendous depth for 2012.

By the way, thanks for all your informative work.

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johnny c: Not a problem. Thanks for the kind words. The next one to watch is DeMatha's Jerami Grant. The Washington Post reported that he's down to Maryland and Rutgers. -- Matt

Love it!

Matt,

What is the talk around the 2011 season? Is it a rebuild year to get ready for 2012 or do you think we have a chance to make the tournament?

Thanks for the updates!

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bellja: I'd still say it's more of a rebuilding year this season, but I guess a lot of that depends on Alex Len and how much of an impact he makes. -- Matt

My fab five is getting done so far now all I want is one more player and that player is McGary at the PF no more need for 2012 save the rest for Britt, Harrions Twins, and Anya. People we have the best backcourt in the ACC and maybe the best in the country. I always say that guards can take you to the promise land. 2011 is going to be a good season we will win 20 gms. So save the 4 scholarships for those top 4 and sign White Thunder. If you sign a 5th make it a 4-5 guy. Jefferson is going to Villanova and Grant to Rutgers we won't be getting those 2. The steal of the recruits already is Allen this guy is Howard and Stroglin in 1. Good job Terps Staff Go Terps! PS. Layman is the recarnation of Larry Bird!!!!!

Looking forward to next year,,,,,,,this year will be tough to get through,,,,,,,,,could be down right ugly..........

2011: win 20 gms or down right ugly...

I'm thinking NIT. 17-18 wins and ugly losses to UNC.

Len is an athlete, not yet an ACC caliber center. Turgeon was telling Johnny H last night that Len may begin to make an impact by February. That tells me he's at least a 2 year guy w/ 2012 upside unless Europe throws huge bucks at him.

This year really comes down to Padgett, then Pankey and Weijs. If they can play D and get their share of boards, MD's guards (as Coach Hall aptly points out) can tip the scales on a few key games.

I've heard 2 different opinions re Faust's 3 pt ability - early on he was supposed to be a real threat - later scouting reports said he needs work here. What's the scoop on this?

Matt:

Grant's apparent decision, if your source is accurate, between Maryland and Rutgers is surprising. From all that I've read over time was that Maryland (even after Turgeon took over), although seemingly "pursuing" him, never seemed to be anywhere close to being one of his favorites. Because of that, I always got the impression that his recruitment more resembled a mandatory assignment for the Terps because he was a highly rated local recruit. Assuming my read was correct, in your estimation, what changed?

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Terp'n Texas: Good question. It was the Washington Post that reported on Grant's finalists. But the development of him more seriously considering the Terps is fairly recent. Sounds like Turgeon never stopped pursuing him, even when the Terps weren't being listed by him. It would certainly be a big deal to land a DeMatha / Team Takeover guy in this class. -- Matt

That's two legit big men who can step out and shoot from the perimeter to complement Shaq inside. Don't know if Len can play with his back to the basket, too, but should give them a lot of flexibilty. Allen is another guy who can rise and shoot effectively from outside -- something they haven't had since -- Drew Nicholas? It should allow them to clear traffic inside for a slasher. Hoping that slasher comes with the name Harrison stitched on the back of his uni.

Terpdawg: 18 wins ok nit ok... What about 20wins March Madness, Teams having to match up to us. We to quick for teams and the bigmen rebound Buttler last yr. So we are putting all our eggs in a basket for 2012-2013 wow. Where are my true Terp fans. I am excited about this season. Thats where good coaching comes in. The staff will have to earn the big bucks. This MD Team is still very talented. Our guards are experience and I have Mosley being the leading scorer this yr.( Former High Scorer) And second in state history. We have Parker who is the most athletic player on the team ready to break loose. Panky if healthy a rebound machine. Pagett very skilled just need confidence. Weig a good shot blocker. And Faust a top freshmen good six man. Go Terps!!!!!!!!!!

Hey Matt ... Any McGary sighting at College Park recently??

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steveinboston: Not that I'm aware of. McGary was at Michigan this weekend. Next up are North Carolina and Duke. -- Matt

Awesome news- congrats to Turgeon and team on a big get for the program.

I continue to wonder why McGary is bothering with another year of prep ball given the recent reports that he's already graduated and his 2011-2012 season is going to count as a post-prep year. Going to one-year schools is good for borderline players who need to increase their skills/profile, or get their grades/scores up, but neither of these is the case with McGary. He is already rated as #1 in his position by most recruiting services and in the top 5 among all players- why in the world is he staying in prep ball another year? The prospects of another year of prep ball are only downside for him.

Given his situation- I wonder why Turgeon and co. didn't sell him on reclassifying himself into the 2011 class (as the recent UCONN grad did) and joining the Terps immediately. We could certainly use the help, and he could have gotten immediate minutes (probably a starting position) playing at a level which will help his development far more than another year of prep ball.

Matt,

Jake Layman : Danny Miller comparisons?

Miller also had size, some ups, and a soft stroke, but not enough 'game skills' to translate at the collegiate level.

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epr: Good question, but Miller was before my time following the program, so I'm not really sure on the comparison. -- Matt

Andrew: I agree with you all the way McGary should come this yr and the terps would have very high hopes for this yr. The future for MD football is on the rise an the basketball is not to far behind Go Terps!!! Maybe the coaching staff will push for him to enroll in school it won't be to late will it for him to get classs...

As always, thanks, Matt.

Matt, when are we going to see Terpland, USA strongly consider anyone in the Baltimore city area again? From what I'm hearing on the streets no one in BMORE is getting any LOVE from college park!!!

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Wondering: Good question. Doesn't look like it's going to be the 2012 class. Not sure about 2013 either. Kameron Williams was hearing from the Terps, but I think a lot about that class depends on how they finish 2012. -- Matt

"Jake Layman : Danny Miller comparisons?

Miller also had size, some ups, and a soft stroke, but not enough 'game skills' to translate at the collegiate level."

Miller was a Mcdonald's All American. He could play inside/out, but I wouldn't really call him a shooter. He was VERY inconsistent, and also bricked a lot at the foul line. Jake Layman seems like more of a pure shooter, in addition to his athleticism. Miller thought he could go NBA so he transfered to ND, THEN THE TERPS WON IT ALL! (Bonehead move...no NBA either!)

Coach Hall:
I guess I have some Missourian in me, but need to see Mosley regain his outside shot, Padgett look less... 'lost' inside, Weijs bulky enough to bang, and Pankey - well just need to see him on the court before I'm thinking Big Dance in 2011. There's no margin for error, exhaustion (or injury) this year.
I think you're overly optimistic, but appreciate the enthusiasm. I'd be happy to be wrong about this one!

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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