Jake Layman is an elite shooter. There's really no denying it. The sophomore is shooting 44.1 percent from three-point range and has hit at least four shots from deep in four different games this season.
But when NBA scouts take a closer look at Layman--as they already are at this point in his career--there's one thing that sets him apart. His unique size and skill set are paired with a quality every team covets--athleticism.
Layman is far more than a shooter. As we've seen in transition this season, he's capable of going up and grabbing a lob at the rim and finishing with a dunk. He can take a player off the dribble and get to the rim. He can defend coming from the weak side in the half court.
And he can do what he did in the video below, block shots. He leads the Terrapins in blocks with 13 on the year. That's not a staggering number, but for a player who sees most of his minutes at the small forward spot, it's worth noting.
Take a closer look at the video below and look at Layman's technique. Like a seasoned shot blocker, Layman does not leave his feet until the offensive player has, as well. That significantly reduces the chances of him fouling the shooter. Added to that, he's doing it after stopping on a dime in transition. Athleticism at work.