There was a lot of buzz around the time of the NBA draft that scouts and general managers were asking both Mark Turgeon and Alex Len about rising sophomore Jake Layman.

Layman's size, athleticism and shooting range have put the 6-foot-8 forward on the radar, potentially as soon as the 2014 draft.


I'm not sure that NBA scouts made it to the Bahamas for Maryland's three-game tour this week, but Layman certainly racheted up the preseason chatter Tuesday night in Nassau.

Layman, who came off the bench, scored 25 points and led the Terps to a 92-84 victory over the Bahamas All-Stars on Tuesday night at Sir Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium in Maryland's opening game of the tour.

Reminiscent of his ACC debut against Virginia Tech last season, Layman had 21 in the first half.

The other current Maryland player getting his share of interest from the NBA, junior swingman Dez Wells, had 22 points -- including 19 in the second half -- and nine rebounds. His performance was highlighted by two monster dunks late in the game.

Wells, sophomore guard Seth Allen, junior guard Nick Faust (City), junior forward Evan Smotrycz and sophomore forward Charles Mitchell started for the Terps in the game.

Despite committing 33 fouls, Mark Turgeon seemed satisfied with his team's first competitive game since losing to Iowa in the NIT semifinals last season.

"We played hard the entire game," Turgeon said in a news release. "It was a good challenge for our team because we saw a lot of different defenses -- zone, man-to-man and full-court pressure. They tried to keep us off-balance, so it was a good test for us. ... We experienced a lot of different things [Tuesday night] together as a team."

Smotrycz, a transfer from Michigan, had 12 points and 10 rebounds in his Maryland debut. Allen finished with 11 points and Faust had 10 points, six assists and six rebounds in the win.

According to an athletic department spokesman, Cleveland Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, who is vacation in the Bahamas, attended the game. Walk-on Jake Susskind is a former Amateur Athletic Union teammate in New Jersey of the NBA star.

Below is a YouTube video from Maryland on the trip to the Bahamas:

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