Boston High School: USA Basketball

KP's Layman wins gold with Team USA

June, 22, 2012
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The United States Men's National Team's U18 squad took the gold medal last night at the FIBA Americas Championship in Sao Sebastiao do Paraiso, Brazil and Wrentham's own Jake Layman was part of the action.

Layman, a Maryland signee who starred at King Philip this year and was award ESPN Boston's Mr. Basketball in March, made the final cut of 12 at tryouts last week in Colorado Springs, Colo. While he only played five minutes in last night's 81-56 championship win over Brazil, Layman had a significant contribution in the team's 107-72 win over Argentina. In 15 minutes of action in that game, he had 10 points (including 2-4 on three-pointers), four rebounds, two assists, and a block and steal each.

The full quote sheet from the championship game can be found on USA Basketball's HERE. Below is what Layman said about winning the gold:



How does it feel to win the gold?
Oh it’s an unbelievable feeling, we got what we came here for. We worked hard coming into it and that hard work paid off.

It was a tight game for over a half. Did that make it mean more, the fact that you had to preserver for this win?
Yeah, definitely. They pushed us to play even better in the second half and we did and we won.


KP's Jake Layman makes final cut for Team USA

June, 10, 2012
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King Philip star and 2012 ESPN Boston Mr. Basketball Jake Layman has made the final cut of 12 for USA Basketball's U18 squad that will participate in next week's FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Sao SebastiŠo do Paraiso, Brazil.

Layman made the initial cut of 14 on Thursday. The U.S. team will continue to train through June 11 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and will depart June 12 for 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.

“I think we’ve got some balance, we’ve got some versatility, we can move guys to some different positions. This has been a group that has picked up things pretty well so far so I’m excited about it,” Team USA head coach Billy Donovan said in a statement. “The thing I’ve been most impressed with since we started is just their attitudes. It seems like we’ve got really good chemistry, they get along real well, they seem to be a cohesive group.

“I think we have to play up tempo; we have to offensive rebound; and I think the other thing for our team that we have to get better at is taking care of the basketball. I think when you’ve got a lot of players that are thrown together and are now starting to play, they don’t really know each other. But I definitely think rebounding and transition are going to be important keys, and I also think defensively how well we can guard the 3-point line.”

For the full final roster, CLICK HERE.

KP's Layman makes first Team USA U18 cut

June, 8, 2012
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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.

Dunn, Layman invited to USA U18 camp

April, 20, 2012
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New London (Conn.) point guard Kris Dunn and King Philip forward Jake Layman were among the 24 players who have accepted invitations to the 2012 USA Basketball Men’s U18 National Team Training camp, to take place June 5-12 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center (USOTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Following the first three or four days of training camp, finalists for the team will be selected by the USA Men’s Junior National Team Committee and will continue to train at the USOTC. The official, 12-member 2012 USA Men’s U18 National Team will be selected prior to the team’s 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 complete roster of training camp invitees can be found by clicking here.

Noel, Tarczewski, McGary named to Team USA

March, 6, 2012
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USA Basketball today named the roster for the 2012 USA Junior National Select Team, which will take on the World Select Team in the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit, April 7 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.

The Nike Hoop Summit is the country's premier annual basketball game for high-school boys and features America's top seniors playing against a World Team comprised of international players who are 19-years-old or younger.

Everett native and Tilton (N.H.) senior Nerlens Noel, the nation's No. 1 overall player, was named to the team, as was St. Mark's 7-foot center and Claremont, N.H. native Kaleb Tarczewski. Brewster Academy (N.H.) big man Mitch McGary, an Indiana native, was also named to the team.

The three will be joined by Kyle Anderson (St. Anthony H.S./North Bergen, N.J.); Archie Goodwin (Sylvan Hills H.S./Little Rock, Ark.); Gary Harris (Hamilton Southeastern H.S./Fishers, Ind.); Shabazz Muhammad (Bishop Gorman H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.); Marcus Paige (Linn-Mar H.S./Marion, Iowa); Tony Parker (Miller Grove H.S./Lithonia, Ga.); and Rasheed Sulaimon (Strake Jesuit College Prep/Houston, Texas).

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