Terps head coach Mark Turgeon considers Layman an ideal basketball student — a coachable freshman still finding his identity.
"He is quiet, unassuming, shy — not sure of himself around adults, maybe. I think when he's around his peers, he's a little more outgoing," Turgeon said. "That's what's great about coaching college. You get these kids and you get to work with them."
Turgeon said the college game "is moving too fast for Jake right now. But he gets more comfortable every day. And his upside is tremendous." The coach compared hisLayman's game to those of former NBA forwards Bobby Jones and Tom Chambers.
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Layman was asked recently what NBA player he hoped to emulate.
Characteristically, Layman did not select a big star. Rather, he picked a Houston Rockets forward who was a second-round pick and averaged 9.5 points per game last season.
"I like Chandler Parsons a lot," Layman said.