COLLEGE PARK — On their recent media day, some of the Maryland basketball players made like heavyweight boxers, flexing their biceps and striking poses of exaggerated toughness for photographers.
But not Jake Layman.
"Want me to smile?" Layman asked politely. He spoke so softly that a camera man had to strain to hear him.
It's not that Layman, a 6-foot-8 freshman, doesn't have loads of ability and ambition. He's an integral part of a promising freshman class that will debut when the Terps host Indiana University of Pennsylvania in an exhibition game Friday night.
It's just that, off the court, the forward is unassuming and deferential. The sense from...