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.
Jake Layman had been saying all summer that Maryland was his favorite school.
On Monday, the 6-foot-8 forward from Wrentham (Mass.) King Phillip pulled the trigger for the Terps.
“My relationship with the coaches has been real strong, with every single coach,” he told ESPNBoston.com.
“I like Coach [Mark] Turgeon’s style of play, his offense is a good fit for me,” he added. “The ACC is a good conference for me, too. I think it’s the most skilled conference in the country, I like it a lot. I’ve spent a lot of time with the players [on my visits], I know them real well, and they’re easy to talk to, so that’s good. Plus, I have the opportunity to be an impact player my freshman year.”
Layman had set up official visits to Syracuse, Louisville, Florida and Wake Forest, but those won’t be necessary.
Layman averaged 24.6 points, 13.6 rebounds, 4.6 blocks, 3.1 steals and 2.3 assists last season at King Phillip, but his recruitment took off this summer as he helped BABC win the prestigious Peach Jam title.
Layman joins 6-2 shooting guard Seth Allen of Fredericksburg, VA and 6-9 center Shaquille Cleare in Maryland’s 2012 recruiting class.
**Maryland adds potential lottery pick in Lens
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.