Maryland forward Jake Layman still adjusting to college game

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Maryland received a 19-point game from Seth Allen last month.

It got a double-double one night from Charles Mitchell.

And it has Shaquille Cleare shooting 58.3 percent from the floor.

All are encouraging signs from a talented freshman class.

So the question now becomes: When is it Jake Layman’s turn?

“He’s had some really good minutes and done some nice things,” coach Mark Turgeon said. “He’s just got so much to learn. right now the game is moving too fast for Jake. I think it slowed down for Seth, I think it slowed down for Charles and it’s starting to slow down for Shaq. At some point, it’s going to slow down for Jake.”

Layman has scored 14 points and 14 rebounds in six games for the Terrapins (5-1), who meet George Mason in the BB&T Classic on Sunday. Those averages come out to 2.3 points and 2.3 rebounds, but he’s scoreless in his last three games.

That stretch covers 39 minutes, during which Layman attempted only three shots. But Turgeon believes the 6-foot-8 Layman’s greatest issues for now are on defense.

Tuesday’s 77-57 defeat of Northwestern was Layman’s quietest day to date. He picked up two first-half fouls, then didn’t see the floor until the closing minutes of the route.

Turgeon said Layman had a strong practice Saturday, which gives him even more reason to believe a breakout could come soon.

“It’s there,” Turgeon said. “At some point, it’s going to happen for him. He didn’t have a chance to play the other night. He went in and fouled twice and didn’t really give him another chance. That wasn’t Jake. That was more me. I have a lot of confidence in him. He’s watching extra film, doing extra work. At some point, it’s going to come around.”

Patrick Stevens

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