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Posted at 11:18 AM ET, 07/15/2011

Is Maryland closing in on a commitment from Massachusetts forward Jake Layman?

Could Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon and staff be on the verge of adding to their first recruiting class?

Check out what 6-foot-8 forward Jake Layman, a rising senior from Wrentham, Mass., told Zagsblog on Thursday at the Peach Jam in North Augusta, Ga. Asked if he had a favorite, Layman said:

“Maryland. Their style of play I like a lot. Coach Turgeon I like too.”

Wonder what style of play that is. I’d guess Turgeon is selling his Texas A&M teams, perhaps with the ability to recruit a more elite player.

Layman said that he plans to visit College Park next month. He said he holds scholarship offers from the Terrapins, locals Boston College and Providence, Louisville and James Madison and also is hearing from Florida and Notre Dame.

Layman plays for King Philip Regional High School.

“He’s a real good athlete,” said Team Takeover Coach Keith Stevens, whose squad lost to Layman and the Boston Amateur Basketball Club in the Peach Jam quarterfinals on Thursday. “He’s long, a real good off the ball defender. He can defend multiple positions and he’s going a very high basketball IQ.”

If BABC wins its Peach Jam semifinal Friday morning, Terps fans can get a look at Layman on Friday night. The Peach Jam final will be shown Friday at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.

By  |  11:18 AM ET, 07/15/2011

 
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