Jake Layman

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Jake Layman
Jake Layman Portland (cropped).jpg
Layman with the Trail Blazers in January 2019
No. 29 – Minnesota Timberwolves
PositionSmall forward
Personal information
Born (1994-03-07) March 7, 1994 (age 25)
Wrentham, Massachusetts
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High schoolKing Philip Regional
(Wrentham, Massachusetts)
CollegeMaryland (2012–2016)
NBA draft2016 / Round: 2 / Pick: 47th overall
Selected by the Orlando Magic
Playing career2016–present
Career history
20162019Portland Trail Blazers
2017Windy City Bulls
2019–presentMinnesota Timberwolves
Career highlights and awards
  • Third-team All-Big Ten – Media (2015)
  • Honorable Mention All-Big Ten – Coaches (2015)
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Jake Douglas Layman (born March 7, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He completed his college career for the University of Maryland while earning a bachelor's degree in American Studies.

High school career[edit]

Born in Norwood, Massachusetts, Layman was considered a "late bloomer" at King Philip Regional High School.[1] Despite his 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) height, he preferred to play on the perimeter. He played AAU basketball for Leo Papile with the Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC).[2] As a senior, he averaged 26 points, five blocks, and four assists per game. ESPN rated him the 17th-best small forward nationally and the 3rd-best player in Massachusetts.[3]

Layman was selected as the 2012 HockomockSports.com Boys' Basketball Player of the Year.[4] He was also chosen as the Hockomock League's Most Valuable Player for boys' basketball in 2012.[5]

College career[edit]

When he first stepped on the College Park campus, "He started 17 games and averaged 5.5 points per game as a freshman.[3] His game initially centered around shooting 3-pointers and he even described himself as a guard.[6] Layman gained attention for his long wavy hair, which he began growing out as a freshman. His hair even got its own Twitter account.[7]

Layman improved his averages to 11.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game as a sophomore. He had 61 3-pointers and 27 blocks.[3] After his sophomore year, Layman embarked on a rigorous personal training program with David Atkins and graduate assistant John Auslander to improve his strength and ballhandling. After breaking his hand in June 2014, Auslander attached Layman to Velcro pulleys to build arm muscle and used a squatting machine that did not require the use of his hands.[8]

“From the end of his sophomore year to end of his junior year, Jake improved as much as any player I’ve ever coached,” according to Mark Turgeon.[2] Teammates described Layman as a quiet leader who led by example.[7] Layman scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a win at Oklahoma State on December 21.[6] He had 23 points and 12 rebounds in a 75-59 win against Michigan State on January 17 and scored the last 10 points for the Terrapins.[8] It resulted in him breaking out of a 5-for-23 shooting slump that spanned two games prior.[6] As a junior, Layman was a Third-team All-Big Ten selection by the media. However, he was only an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection by the coaches.[9][10] He was twice named Big Ten Player of the Week.[11] Layman was nominated for the inaugural Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award.[12] Layman led Maryland to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years. He finished third on the team in scoring behind Melo Trimble and Dez Wells with 12.5 points per game and led the team in rebounding with 5.8 rebounds per game. Layman shot 47 percent from the field despite enduring a late season slump. After speaking with an NBA advisory committee, Layman decided to return to school for his senior season and forgo a possible second round selection in the 2015 NBA draft.[2]

As a senior, he was an Honorable Mention All-Big 10 selection by the coaches and media.[13][14]

Layman has drawn comparisons to NBA forward Chandler Parsons. Both players have the size to grab rebounds but also the shooting ability to hit 3-pointers. Of the comparison, Layman noted, “I feel like his game fits a little more in the N.B.A. than in the college game, and that’s what I feel like. I think I’m a guy that doesn’t have to have the ball in his hands all the time to really make an impact. I feel like I could be one of those guys that hangs out in the perimeter and just shoots 3s and slashes to the basket when he needs to.”[7]

Professional career[edit]

Portland Trail Blazers (2016–2019)[edit]

On June 23, 2016, Layman was selected by the Orlando Magic with the 47th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. He was subsequently traded to the Portland Trail Blazers on draft night.[15] On July 6, he signed with the Trail Blazers and joined the team for the 2016 NBA Summer League.[16] He made his NBA debut on November 1, 2016, scoring 17 points in eight minutes off the bench in the Trail Blazers' 127-104 loss to the Golden State Warriors. He hit five three-pointers in the game, becoming the first Trail Blazer ever to make five three-pointers in a debut, and finished one shy of the franchise record in a quarter. [17]

Minnesota Timberwolves (2019–present)[edit]

On July 8, 2019, Layman was traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves as a part of a sign-and-trade deal in exchange for the draft rights to Bojan Dubljević.[18]

International career[edit]

In the summer of 2012, Layman was on the under-18 United States national team that defeated Brazil for the gold medal in the FIBA Americas championship. He played more than expected due to an injury to Sam Dekker. Layman played 12 minutes per game and averaged nearly eight points and four rebounds per game. In an opening round game versus Mexico, Layman led the U.S. team in scoring with 18 points.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Layman lives in Portland, Oregon, and has four brothers: Connor, Jimmy, Ryan and Kyle. His parents, Tim and Claire, played college sports at the University of Maine at Orono. In July 2018 Layman proposed to his long-term girlfriend, Jasmine, and is currently engaged. Other members of his family reside in Carrol County, Maryland.[8]

NBA career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

2016–17 Portland 35 1 7.1 .292 .255 .765 .7 .3 .3 .1 2.2
2017–18 Portland 35 1 4.6 .298 .200 .667 .5 .3 .2 .1 1.0
2018–19 Portland 71 33 18.7 .509 .326 .704 3.1 .7 .4 .4 7.6
Career 141 35 12.3 .457 .302 .714 1.8 .5 .3 .3 4.6



  1. ^ "Meet the Recruit: Terps small forward commitment Jake Layman". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Markus, Don (April 9, 2015). "In 'monstrous' decision, Maryland forward Jake Layman returning for his senior year". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Jake Layman Biography". Maryland Terrapins. University of Maryland. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  4. ^ "2011-2012 - HockomockSports.com". HockomockSports.com. Retrieved July 15, 2016.
  5. ^ "2012 Hockomock League All Stars". HockomockSports.com. Retrieved March 1, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c Markus, Don (January 17, 2015). "Playing 'more aggressive,' Jake Layman helps Terps dominate Michigan State". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  7. ^ a b c Tracy, Mark (February 27, 2015). "Terrapins Rise Again, on the Back of an Understated Forward: Jake Layman Is Powering Maryland's Basketball Resurgence". New York Times. Retrieved May 30, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c Stubbs, Roman (January 21, 2015). "Jake Layman has grown into a cornerstone for Maryland basketball". Washington Post. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  9. ^ "Wisconsin's Kaminksy named Big Ten Player of the Year". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. March 9, 2015. Retrieved May 25, 2010.
  10. ^ "2014-15 All-Big Ten Men's Basketball Team" (PDF). CSTV.com. March 9, 2015. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  11. ^ a b Markus, Don (February 22, 2015). "Against old teammate, Terps' Jake Layman seeks to show he belongs". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  12. ^ Selig, David (February 17, 2015). "Jake Layman nominated for Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  13. ^ "Big Ten Unveils Men's Basketball Postseason Honors on BTN: Michigan State's Valentine named Big Ten Player of the Year". BigTen.org. CBS Interactive. March 7, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  14. ^ "2015-16 All-Big Ten Men's Basketball Team" (PDF). CSTV.com. March 7, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  15. ^ "TRAIL BLAZERS ACQUIRE DRAFT RIGHTS TO JAKE LAYMAN". NBA.com. June 23, 2016. Retrieved June 23, 2016.
  16. ^ "TRAIL BLAZERS SIGN JAKE LAYMAN". NBA.com. July 6, 2016. Retrieved July 6, 2016.
  17. ^ "Curry has 28 points and Warriors beat the Blazers 127-104". ESPN.com. November 1, 2016. Retrieved November 12, 2016.
  18. ^ "Timberwolves Acquire Jake Layman". NBA.com. July 8, 2019.

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