Before he gets to the University of Maryland in the fall, former King Philip boys' basketball standout Jake Layman is playing for the USA 18-under basketball team, coached by the University of Florida head coach Billy Donovan.
Layman made the 12-man team this week and is playing with the national team in Brazil from June 16-20 at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Sao Sebastiáo do Paraiso, Brazil.
"I'm blessed to be here," said Layman in a video interview on the USA Basketball website. "I was surprised when I got the invite."
Layman had been training with the team in Colorado Springs at the U.S. Olympic Training Center.
In high school, Layman was a two-time Hockomock League MVP, scoring 1.752 points with 1.098 rebounds and 391 blocked shots. In his senior year, he averaged 26.5 points.
Check Layman interview on the USA Basketball web site http://www.usabasketball.com/video/index.html?vid_id=0_t26zqa6u