After averaging 5.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game as a freshman in 2012-13, Maryland guard/forward Jake Layman developed into one of the most improved players in the ACC. Last season Layman averaged 11.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest, ranking third on the team in both scoring and rebounding. Now that the Terrapins are a member of the Big Ten, Layman’s progression is one key for a program looking to reach the NCAA tournament for the first time in the Mark Turgeon era.
Unfortunately for Layman and the Terps his summer has hit a bump in the road, with it being first reported by InsideMDSports.com that he broke a bone in his left (non-shooting) hand earlier this month. The news was later confirmed by Daniel Martin of CSNBaltimore.com.
Layman shot 40.1% from the field and 36.5% from three last season, with his three-point percentage being second-best amongst Maryland’s returnees (Evan Smotrycz). The Terrapins, which lost Seth Allen and Roddy Peters (transfers), have added four perimeter players capable of helping them in the perimeter shooting department this season.
Graduate transfer Richaud Pack has the most experience of those four, with Jared Nickens, Romelo Trimble and Dion Wiley part of a highly-regarded freshman class.
Layman and leading scorer Dez Wells are Maryland’s most experienced returnees on the perimeter, and it goes without saying that their performances will be key as the Terrapins look to navigate a new conference. The “good” news is that Layman’s injury is on his non-shooting hand, but the fact that he’ll still have to miss anywhere from four to six weeks doesn’t help matters when it comes to his improving during the summer.