University of Maryland freshman forward Jake Layman already had high expectations.
A four-star recruit coming out of Wrentham, Massachusetts, Layman was ranked as the 17th best small forward in the country, and the third best player in the state.
Layman saw offers from the likes of Syracuse, Florida, and Louisville, but decided to sign with Maryland, which ignited a strong feeling of excitement amongst the student body in College Park.
That excitement only increased over the summer when Layman was invited to play on the United States’ U-18 national team.
By playing on this team all summer, Layman practiced with the most elite young players in the country, and got very intensive and helpful game experience, which he will surely bring with him to College Park. Layman flourished during international game play, highlighted by scoring a game high 18 points against Mexico.
It is certainly a good sign for Terps fans that Layman possesses a strong ability to perform in big game situations. The talent was clearly there, as shown by his high rankings coming out of high school, but the fact that he can use his talents to take over games is impressive.
Layman will hopefully bring the experience and skills that he gained over the summer with him to Maryland as he joins a strong freshman class that includes big-man Shaquille Cleare and guard Seth Allen.
The Terps are looking to move up in what is once again expected to be a top-heavy Atlantic Coast Conference.