Jake Layman is a terrific get for the Terps. He is a sharpshooter something desperately needed. But besides that, he is a very heady player. A very slick fast break ball handler,
Here is what High school coach Sean McQuinnis had to say about Jake: from terrapin times.com
“A few years ago, some folks around here felt that Jake had promise, and would be a nice D-2 type ballplayer,” explained McInnis. “I saw it differently. I called Leo (Papile, Director of the famed BABC AAU program) and asked him to give Jake a look.
“I really thought he could play for that team, and that the experience would help him immensely. Leo agreed, took one look, and immediately brought him on board. Since then, it’s just been an upward climb for Jake. He grew, his skills improved, and he developed a great mental outlook for the game.
“People know Jake as a very well-mannered, soft spoken kid. But let me tell you something, when he steps on the court, it’s all business. You have to be tough to play for Leo. Jake’s a gamer. And he’s a loyal kid, too.
“Almost every big time kid up here (in New England) goes the prep school route. And Jake could’ve done that, but he let it be known he was going to stay here at King Philip and establish the program here. And he’s been a huge factor in how we’ve turned this whole program around.”
McInnis also thinks Layman can help Maryland in lots of different ways on the court.
“I think the Maryland staff sees Jake as a player, not necessarily plugged in to a particular position,” said McInnis. “The thing is, Jake can guard different positions defensively, and that allows the staff to use him in different ways against different opponents.
“He runs the floor great, has great hops, and shoots the three-ball. His ballhandling has improved, and he will get stronger. Leo used him a lot as a point man on the press, so he brings that aspect along as well.
“Jake could play the two, three, or even four on occasion. He’s not really a power forward offensively, but he will be able to guard them. That versatility will get him minutes.”
But, in the end, it was mainly a great sales pitch by the staff that got this done, according to McInnis.We’ve discussed Layman the player, at 6-8 and with a deep and soft stroke from the perimeter, before, but here’s what Coach McInnis had to say about his prized prospect.
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