Friday, June 8, 2012
KP's Layman makes first Team USA U18 cut
By Brendan Hall
King Philip senior forward Jake Layman was announced tonight as one of 14 finalists for USA Basketball's U18 team that will compete at the FIBA Americas Championship later this month..
The 14 finalists will continue to train through June 11 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The official 12-man 2012 USA Men’s U18 National Team will be selected prior to the team’s June 12 departure for the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which will be played June 16-20 in Sao SebastiŠo do Paraiso, Brazil. Players eligible for this competition must have been born on or after Jan. 1, 1994.
The 6-foot-8, Maryland-bound Layman was named ESPN Boston's Mr. Basketball following a decorated career at KP that will go down as the greatest in program history. He is also a two-time Super Teamer on ESPN Boston's MIAA All-State Team. As a senior this year, he led the Warriors to their most single-season wins (18) in school history, and was named the Hockomock League's MVP for the second straight year after averaging 26.5 points, 15 rebounds and 5.8 blocks. For his career, he finished with 1,752 points, 1,098 rebounds and 391 blocks.
"This trials has been very difficult," said USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee Chair Jim Boeheim in a statement. "You had 23 guys who all are really good players, there wasn’t a bad player here. To get down to 12 is going to be difficult but I think we’re going to end up with a really good athletic team that is going to be very well coached.
"I think we’ve got an unbelievable coaching staff. I think we’ve got guys that have won, been winners, won state championships, and I think they’ll represent USA Basketball extremely well in this tournament."
New London (Conn.) point guard Kris Dunn, a Providence commit and McDonald's All-American, was also in camp but did not make the first cut of 14.
For the updated roster as it stands tonight, CLICK HERE.