There was a visitor Wednesday night at Comcast Center with whom many in the Washington, D.C., area are familiar.
Flip Saunders, formerly the head coach of the Washington Wizards, was in attendance during Maryland’s 74-66 win over Notre Dame. Saunders is now the President of Basketball Operations of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
So who could soon be making their way to the NBA, possibly with Saunders' Timberwolves?
Jake Layman has piqued the interest of NBA scouts, considering the success of a player he is often compared to, Houston’s Chandler Parsons. His ability to shoot from the outside, combined with his athleticism and ability to attack the basket, has those at the next level intrigued.
Layman has been slumping of late as defenses begin to game plan specifically to make him a non-factor. He has scored in double figures just once in the past five games after doing so in 11 of Maryland’s first 13 games of the season.
He had eight points on 3-of-7 shooting from the floor against Notre Dame.
Dez Wells also remains on some NBA radars. His size is his most obvious positive attribute. Already with an NBA body, Wells showed the type of scorer’s mentality on Wednesday that is attractive to teams at the next level.
After going scoreless in the first half, he played smart basketball in the second. He adjusted his game and attacked the basket, making 11-of-11 free throws in the final 20 minutes on his way to 17 points.