Jake Layman played four years for King Philip regional High School in Wreatham, Maryland. Although he was already tall for his age while in his mid-teens, this Small Forward preferred to play on the perimeter instead of inside where he could use his height to great advantage.
His high school coach recognized early on that Layman preferred to play like a true Small Forward and allowed him to operate more like a Shooting Guard than a Small Forward. It seemed to work well because Jake Layman averaged twenty-six points per game as a senior. His skill set added other aspects to his overall game and enabled the young player to net five blocked shots and four assists per game.
His exploits on the hardwood got him noticed by college recruiters and resulted in his acceptance of a scholarship from the University of Maryland.
He was, as noted above, a late bloomer. In his freshman season, Layman managed to score just 5.5 points per game in seventeen games that he started. His performance improved in his sophomore season. In that year, Jake Layman raised his game and scored 11.7 points per game while grabbing five rebounds per game.
His reputation as a late bloomer materialized in his junior season. That was last year, in 2014. Jake Layman raised the level of his on-court performances dramatically. He averaged more than twenty points per game and nabbed far more rebounds than he had ever done earlier in his college career.
The result of that “leap forward” in performance has earned him recognition. In fact, in 2015, he has been named to the Third Team All Big Ten. He has also been recognized by ESPN as the seventeenth-best Small Forward playing college basketball.
Professional scouts for National Basketball Association (NBA) teams have also placed him of their collective radar. He is viewed as a player with a strong perimeter game who excels in three-point shooting from “beyond the arc.”
These scouts anticipate improvement in Layman’s senior year which will begin in the next few weeks. And if that improvement is good enough, it is almost certain that Jake Layman will earn first round draft status and a lucrative contract that turns him into an overnight millionaire.
He can and probably will get that big contract if his pattern of improvement continues this year.
Courtesy of Rant Sports