Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — One of the hottest names at the Peach Jam was Jake Layman, a 6-foot-8 rising senior small forward from BABC.
Layman, out of Wrentham (Mass.) King Philip Regional, had college coaches tripping over one another as BABC made a run to Friday night’s final.
“He’s got length, he can make shots, he can rebound it, defend, play multiple positions, has tremendous feel,” one Division 1 assistant said. “He has a high basketball IQ and a tremendous upside. He can make shots in the mid-range and he can hit the 3-pointer. He plays with an edge and he’s got toughness. That’s the kid in a nutshell.”
In this interview he listed Notre Dame, Florida, Maryland, Providence, BC, James Madison and Louisville, but says that Maryland is his favorite.
“Their style of play I like a lot,” Layman said. “Coach [Mark] Turgeon I like a lot, too.”
Layman says he plans to visit Maryland and Providence this summer or fall and hopes to decide “before the fall signing period.”
“Whoever gets him, he’s going to make that coach very happy,” the assistant coach said.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.