Maryland Freshman Jake Layman Makes The US FIBA Roster

1:51 PM, Jun 10, 2012   |    comments
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (WUSA) -- When head coach Mark Turgeon signed recruit Jake Layman to play for the basketball team, it was considered a huge steal. Layman had been climbing many scouts recruiting boards as the small forward dominated the Massachusetts prep school circuit. 

Well, you can now add representing his country to a list of outstanding achievements. 

Layman has made the final roster for the nation's FIBA Under-18 basketball team. That means this summer, he will representing the United States and hopes to bring home the gold for the country.

When he was invited to tryout, very few thought he'd make the final cut. The invitation was viewed as a good opportunity for Layman to go against elite competition. Many scouts were skeptical about his skills because they did not believe he faced real talent at the high school level. Twenty-three other basketball standouts were invited to tryout, but only 12 made the roster.

Layman beat out praised recruits such as the Harrison twins (who are on top of Turgeon's wishlist), Gonzaga star Nate Britt, and UNC's Joel James.

Layman was already considered a top 100 recruit before signing with Maryland, but after a summer of playing some of the best young talent in the world, you have to think he will be the most game-ready recruit going into next season. 

And if playing against superb players doesn't make him better, perhaps the tutelage from a national champion coach might. Florida's Billy Donovan heads a coaching staff that also boasts VCU's Shaka Smart and Gonzaga University's Mark Few.

Many forwards have had some success after competing in this tournament. Some notable players are Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Andre Iguodala. Is Jake Layman the next notable star? 

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