Rising '12 forward planning visit to L'ville

Rising '12 forward planning visit to L'ville

Jake Layman, a rising 2012 combo forward from Wrentham, Mass., told InsideTheVille.com Thursday that he is in the process of setting up an official visit to Louisville following a recent call from Rick Pitino.

Jake Layman, a rising 2012 combo forward from Wrentham, Mass., told InsideTheVille.com Thursday that he is in the process of setting up an official visit to Louisville following a recent call from Rick Pitino.

"I'm setting up a visit right now to Louisville," Layman told InsideTheVille.com. "I like the area, the school and fan base a lot. I haven't seen it, but the Yum! Center sounds amazing. I can't wait to go see it. And Coach Pitino is a legend and it would be great playing for him."

Layman, who ‘broke out' in July and could vault into Scout.com's Top 50, landed an offer from Louisville during the evaluation period. Layman also has offers from Maryland, Florida, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Iowa and Wake Forest.

"I've talked to Coach Pitino once and he had a long talk with my parents the other day," Layman said. "They both like him. So that is good. Our conversation was about how I would fit in to their offensive and defensive schemes, and he was telling me how good the (facilities) are. It sounds great there."

An athletic forward with solid perimeter skills, Pitino envisions Layman as capable of playing both forward positions.

"He thinks for a 6'8 wing I'm a great shooter," Layman said. "I think they see me as a ¾."

Scout.com reported Thursday morning that Louisville and Maryland could be emerging as favorites for Layman.

"There's no battle between two schools right now. It's still open," said Layman. "I still like Maryland a lot. I don't have any favorites right now. I need to go take my visits first and then I'll know. I'm planning my visits right now and after those visits….maybe after two visits I'll know where I want to go."

With a visit to Louisville on the drawing board, Layman is also considering visits to Maryland, Wake Forest, Notre Dame and Florida.

"Those are the main ones," Layman said. "It's all going to be about the visits. I want to see the school and see if I like it."

Scout.com recruiting analyst Brian Snow said Layman was, "consistently one of BABC's best, if not their overall best player throughout the course of the month. (Layman) is long, athletic, skilled, and plays with a good motor. We absolutely love his game, and he will soar in the rankings."

That's no small compliment considering Layman played on the top AAU teams in the country, featuring nationally-regarded recruits Nerlens Noel, Georges Niang and Jaylen Brantley.

"I think my defense was great throughout the summer, I got a lot of steals and deflections, things like that," Layman said. "At the Peach Jam I didn't shoot as well as I did in the Showcase, but my shooting was good. One thing (college) coaches say I need to work on is rebounding. I need to work on my ball handling because I might need to bring the ball up sometimes."

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