June 11, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of Maryland incoming freshman forward Jake Layman has been named to the USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team.
The USA team will compete in the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which will be played June 16-20 in Sao Sebastiáo do Paraiso, Brazil. Layman is one of 12 players to make the team, which is being coached by Billy Donovan of the University of Florida.
Final selections for the team were made on June 9 following the team's ninth practice. Joining Layman on the team are Nathaniel Britt, II (Gonzaga H.S., D.C./Upper Marlboro, Md.); Sam Dekker (Sheboygan Lutheran H.S./Sheboygan, Wis.); Shaq Goodwin (Southwest DeKalb H.S./Decatur, Ga.); Jerami Grant (DeMatha Catholic/Bowie, Md.); Montrezl Harrell (Hargrave Military Academy/Tarboro, N.C.); Rodney Purvis (Upper Room Christian/Raleigh, N.C.); Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian Academy/McKinney, Texas); James Robinson (DeMatha Catholic H.S./Mitchellville, Md.); Marcus Smart (Marcus H.S./Flower Mound, Texas); Jarnell Stokes (Memphis, Tenn.); and Rasheed Sulaimon (Strake Jesuit College Prep/Houston, Texas).
Layman, a 6-foot-8 forward from King Philip Regional High School in Wrentham, Mass., averaged 26.5 points, 15 rebounds and 5.8 blocks a game his senior season. He signed a financial aid agreement with Maryland in November of 2011.
The U.S. opens pool play on June 16 at 1 p.m. EDT against U.S. Virgin Islands, followed by matchups with Mexico on June 17 at 1 p.m. EDT and Brazil on June 18 at 5 p.m. EDT. The top four finishing teams in the eight-team tournament will qualify for next summer's 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship.