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Maryland forward Jake Layman signs with Chicago-based agent

Maryland forward Jake Layman (10) walks on the court in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Marshall.
Maryland forward Jake Layman (10) walks on the court in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Marshall. (Matt Hazlett / Associated Press)

Maryland senior forward Jake Layman has signed with Chicago-based agent Mark Bartekstein, the player's father said Friday.

Tim Layman said he and his wife, Claire, had started the process last year when their son had considered leaving College Park after his junior season.

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"Claire and I started a year and a half ago this process because we didn't want to have to do it during the [senior] season," the elder Layman said. "We didn't sign anything or make any commitments but we kind of got our ducks in a row with who we were going to go with once Jake got through with the season."

Tim Layman said Bartelstein was recommended by a number of "people affiliated with the NBA," including a couple of Division I coaches whose sons are represented by Bartelstein.

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"We relied on that heavily. Mark Turgeon was very comfortable with Mark Bartelstein," Layman said. "They recommended other people too, it wasn't just Mark Bartelstein. It was a common thread through everyone. Knowing that Mark Turgeon was comfortable with him made the process a lot easier, too."

Bartelstein, who founded his Priority Sports and Entertainment agency in 1985,  represents a number of NBA players, including Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal. The agency has represented 20 first-round NBA picks since 2010, including four in last year's draft.

As a senior, the 6-9, 215-pound forward set career-highs of 50.0 percent field goal shooting, 39.6 percent 3-point shooting and 83.2 percent free throw shooting. He scored a career-high 27 points in Maryand's NCAA tournament first-round win over South Dakota State.

Projected as a mid-range second-round pick on mock draft boards, a number of NBA scouts and general managers have said over the course of the season that Layman's stock improved during the second half of his senior year and could continue to move up depending on his individual team workouts.

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"He reminds a lot of people of Chandler Parsons, and his stock jumped up at the private workouts because he could do a lot of things, like Layman," one scout said during the season.

Layman will graduate from Maryland next month, but his father said that since his son had only seven credits left and had finished his course work, he planned to leave campus Sunday and move to Chicago through the draft. Bartelstein's clients work out at the same facility where the NBA draft combine is held in June.

Bartelstein, who at one point represented former Maryland star Walt Williams, said earlier this week that he expects Layman to get an invitation to the combine, where it is expected several of his Maryland teammates will also go. Redshirt junior forward Robert Carter Jr. announced plans Thursday to forgo his senior year.

Freshman center Diamond Stone and sophomore point guard Melo Trimble, neither of whom have announced their plans, are also expected to be in Chicago for the combine. Stone's father, Bob, refuted a report earlier this week that his son had made up his mind about whether to play another year in college.

Carter, who like Layman is scheduled to graduate, has been projected to be a late second-round pick. Stone is expected to go in the first round, and Trimble could be a late first-round or early second-round pick if he chooses to leave, though his stock fell on the mock draft boards during his shooting slump the second half of the season.

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