Maryland basketball junior forward Jake Layman will miss four to six weeks with a fractured bone in his left hand, the athletic department announced Thursday afternoon.
The injury to Layman’s non-shooting hand occurred during a pickup game during the first week of July and will not require surgery. Layman is expected to make a full recovery and be ready when the team resumes practice in September, according to school officials.
Layman, who was briefly sidelined with an eye injury last season, started in 28 games and averaged 11.7 points with five rebounds per game as a sophomore. He also led the team with 61 three-point baskets. He will be considered one of the team’s key veterans this upcoming season.
Layman’s injury marks the second health setback of the summer for Maryland. Freshman center Trayvon Reed, a highly touted recruit who is expected to bolster the front court, suffered a fractured ankle earlier this summer. He is expected to be back for the start of the season.