In the summer of 2012, Jake Layman and Sam Dekker were teammates on the under-18 United States national team that beat host Brazil for the gold medal in the FIBA Americas championships.
Layman was a skinny 6-foot-8, 190-pound shooter from outside of Boston who was not nearly as highly rated as Dekker and most of the other players on the team. Dekker, then 6 feet 7 and 195 pounds, was a five-star prospect ranked 17th nationally overall. Conversely, Layman was a four-star recruit ranked 67th.
Tim Layman said recently that his son had a "chip on his shoulder" in terms of showing Dekker and the other five-star recruits that he belonged on the same court.