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Layman makes his call

Maryland is the pick of forward

JAKE LAYMAN King Philip standout JAKE LAYMAN
King Philip standout
By Anthony Gulizia
Globe Correspondent / September 7, 2011

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Senior forward Jake Layman garnered the attention of Syracuse, Louisville, Florida, and Maryland after helping King Philip make a run to the Division 2 South basketball final last season.

Layman, who averaged 24.6 points and 13.6 rebounds per game last season, yesterday committed to Maryland and first-year coach Mark Turgeon for the 2012-13 season.

“I think I belong in the [Atlantic Coast Conference],’’ Layman said. “My relationship with the coaching staff is really strong and I spent a lot of time with the players and they’re real good guys. I have an opportunity to be an impact player my freshman year and the Comcast Center [in College Park] is amazing - it’s huge compared to somewhere like Boston College, and that’s what I loved about it.’’

Layman’s father Tim grew up in Randallstown, Md., and lived there through junior high school, and most of Tim Layman’s family still lives there.

“As it got deeper into recruiting, it became more important for Jake to be where his family could see him play,’’ Tim Layman said. “Maryland made a lot of sense. A lot of it also had to do with the coaching staff and the history of Maryland. Jake’s always been a big fan of the team.’’

Turgeon contacted Layman about coming to Texas A&M last February. When Turgeon left for Maryland, joining the Terrapins became more of a possibility for Layman, a Wrentham native.

“When Turgeon left for Maryland, it made it the perfect situation,’’ Jake Layman said. “I really like Coach Turgeon’s style of play.’’

Layman was named the Hockomock League MVP last season and was named to the Globe’s super team. Already the school’s leading scorer, the 6-foot-8-inch forward is looking to bring King Philip back to the state tournament.

“I feel more relaxed definitely now that I know where I’m going,’’ Layman said. “I haven’t played much with my team so I’m not exactly sure how we’ll be this year, but we’re definitely going to be good.’’

Layman also played with the Boston Amateur Basketball Club for Leo Papile and credits the BABC for a lot of his success.

“That was my best experience,’’ Layman said. “I think it helped a lot. Without it, I don’t think I would’ve got the interest that I got and I wouldn’t be where I am today.’’