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Jake Layman was known for two things when he was suiting up for the Terps and playing at Xfinity Center: his unstoppable corner three and the time he put into caring for his hair.
To say Layman was a force for the Terps from 2012-2016 would be an understatement. With a precise shot, Layman scored 1,436 points throughout his college career (141 games), averaging 10.2 points and 4.8 rebounds. And he did it all with a good head of hair.
"My hair was definitely more important to me when I was in college," Layman said on
Glenn Clark Radio Oct. 21. "Now, it's just regular hair. There's nothing special about it these days."
Layman's days of dedicating extra time to his hair might be long gone, but his days as a scorer are far from done.
After spending the first three years of his NBA career with the Portland Trail Blazers (2016-2019), Layman signed a three-year, $11.5 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He's coming off his best statistical year in the NBA, and he's ready to continue that progress with his new team.
"Last year, it all came together for me," Layman said. "I finally got some more opportunities, and I think the big thing is to stay ready so you don't have to get ready, and that's what I did."
Layman, 25, saw a major increase in playing time in his third year; his 71 games, including 33 starts, were more than he had gotten the past two years combined. He averaged 7.6 points on 58 percent shooting last year.
The interest from the Timberwolves "came out of nowhere," Layman said, but he likes that there was a team that was interested in what he brought to the court.
"Oh, man, it feels great," he said. "The biggest thing for me in free agency was to find a team that really wanted me. And from what [Minnesota] was telling me of what their expectations were for this year and their style of play, it felt like a perfect fit for me."
Layman joins a young Timberwolves squad that features star center Karl Anthony-Towns and rookie Jared Culver (Texas Tech). The Timberwolves tip off their 2019-20 campaign Oct. 23 against the Nets in Brooklyn, and while the NBA schedule can be a daunting task for a young team, especially in the Western Conference, Layman doesn't seem bothered by that.
"I think for us, as such a young team, people aren't really going to expect anything from us this year," Layman said. "But I think with the group we have ... I think we're going to surprise a lot of people once the year starts rolling."
Layman already has three full seasons under his belt, and after working to develop his game, he's getting a shot to be in a larger role on a new team.
And even though the hair doesn't look at fresh as it did a few years ago, the confidence that came with it is still there.
When asked how many corner shots out of 100 he could make unguarded, Layman simply said, "I'm confident in myself to make 'em all."
For more from Layman, listen to the full interview here:
Photo Credit: Michael Gonzales/NBAE, Courtesy of Minnesota Timberwolves