Maryland junior forward Jake Layman is considering leaving school early for the NBA draft.
Maryland junior forward Jake Layman is considering leaving school early for the NBA draft. (Patrick Semansky / AP Photo)

Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon met Wednesday in College Park with Jake Layman and the player's parents to discuss whether the junior forward would return for his senior year or enter the NBA draft.

An announcement on Layman's decision could be made as soon as Thursday, according to a source familiar with the situaiton.


Neither Turgeon nor Layman could be reached for comment Wednesday night.

Layman was named third-team all-Big Ten Conference by the media this season after helping the 28-7 Terps finish second in the conference and make the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years.

Layman led Maryland in rebounds (5.8 per game) and was third in scoring (12.5 points per game) behind freshman point guard Melo Trimble and senior guard Dez Wells. Trimble, who was named first-team all-Big Ten by the media, announced last week that he would return for his sophomore year.

Most NBA mock draft boards have Layman as a high-to-middle second-round draft pick if he decides to skip his final year of eligibility. One NBA executive said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun that Layman would likely be a second-round choice if he entered the draft.

With the return of Trimble, the arrival of five-star prospect Diamond Stone and the addition of Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter Jr., Maryland is expected to be one of the top teams in the country next season.

Several national basketball writers have the Terps in their early top five. The Terps are receiving 12-1 odds to win next year's national championship, along with Villanova, and behind Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia.

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