Entering the summer, Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon knew he had two pretty good options regarding Jake Layman’s immediate future.
Either the promising, 6-foot-8 forward would join the Terps for summer workouts, allowing him to bond with future teammates. Or else the incoming freshman would make the USA Men’s Under-18 Team, potentially gaining valuable experience playing against international opponents.
The latter scenario unfolded, giving Maryland bragging rights to a player who is using the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship to showcase his varied skills.
Through four games, Layman is averaging 9.5 points on 14-for-24 from the floor, including 6-for-13 on 3-pointers. He’s also averaging five rebounds.
The USA plays in the title game tonight against Brazil in Sao Sebastiáo do Paraiso, Brazil.
Layman has a well-developed outside game. On defense, Turgeon said “Jake has great feet and good anticipation and good hands.”
Teams in the tournament were Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands.