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3-of-5 Preview: Questions (and answers) for Jake Layman

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3-of-5 Preview: Questions (and answers) for Jake Layman

In the days leading up to Saturday’s Midnight Madness festivities, CSN will take a look at each projected member of Maryland’s starting five with an individual preview for each player. We will pose three questions of the five starters, with CSN’s answer for each listed just below it.

Here is the 3-of-5 Preview.

Name: Jake Layman

Position: Small forward

Class: Senior

2014-15 Stats: 12.5 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.4 APG

Question 1: How will things change as he shifts back to his natural position?

Layman played a good deal of power forward last season as injuries made it almost a necessity. With Robert Carter becoming eligible, Layman shifts primarily back to his natural position at small forward.

One would think he learned things while having to change positions. He became more of a threat in the post, which helped to diversify his offensive game. He has said himself that he was made tougher by having to go against Carter every day in practice. His shooting percentage also increased dramatically.

That should carry over as he shifts back, giving him the option to use his athleticism against bigger defenders or take smaller defenders down into the post.

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Question 2: Is he willing to regularly get into the driver’s seat?

Over his first three seasons in College Park, the biggest critique of Layman has been that in big games he fades into the background. Was that a factor of players like Dez Wells taking the lead and Layman deferring?

With Wells having graduated, does Layman fill that role as a senior? Or do players like Carter and Stone and Sulaimon gladly pick up the slack and we see a similar pattern from the Massachusetts native?

Maryland is better the more weapons they have. And Layman is a weapon that they would love to turn to whenever possible. He just has to know that Maryland is fine with him missing a few shots because by this point in his career he has proven that he can hit his groove eventually.

Question 3: Will a senior season improve his draft stock?

Layman was projected to be a fringe first-round pick in the 2015 draft because of his combination of size, athleticism, and shooting ability fits perfectly into the NBA’s new-found love for small ball.

Now that he returns, which direction does his stock head? If he appears to level off, perhaps the perception of him by scouts does as well. But players have stayed four years and not hurt their stock in the past.

What would he have to do to improve it? Showing more assertiveness is likely atop that list, plus more improvement on the defensive end. If he does those things, he should cement a spot on that first or second-round fringe.

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.

Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.

McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.

After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.

In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, "Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team."

He added, "Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter."

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced earlier today that assistant coach Dustin Clark is parting ways with the program to pursue an opportunity in Texas with a family business. 

In three seasons as a full-time assistant, Clark was responsible for recruiting Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr., along with incoming freshman Aaron Wiggins. 

The 35-year-old also made a point to recruit overseas, spending much of his time at the Canaris Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, where he found former Terps center Michal Cekovsky and current redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic. 

Clark will become the second member of Turgeon's staff to leave the team following this past season. Nima Omidvar, who was brought on to replace Clark as director of basketball operations in 2014, walked away to become a full-time assistant coach at South Alabama in April. 

At the start of the 2018-19 season, Bino Ranson will be the only original member of Turgeon's staff. 

Matt Brady, who has had previous head coaching stints at James Madison and Marist, will replace Clark. 

In his eight years at JMU, Brady won 139 games and enjoyed four seasons with 20 wins or more. His 2012-13 team won the Colonial Athletic Association and reached the NCAA tournament. He finished with a 73-50 overall record after four seasons at Marist. 

The news comes after a season in which the team failed to make the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 19-13, including 8-10 in Big Ten play.