The former guard won every home game he played in his four-year career.
“That’s a stat I love telling people,” the 1998 Wheeler graduate said.
Now the former standout guard will go back to his roots June 24-28 to host his inaugural “In the Layne” skills camp for boys and girls ages 8-14.
Wanting to set an example for the younger players, Layne’s camp, which will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will focus mostly on balancing the workload between basketball and the books.
NBA shooting guards MarShon Brooks of the Brooklyn Nets and Kevin Murphy of the Utah Jazz are scheduled to speak to the campers on the importance of keeping their grades up.
“It won’t be all about basketball, it will about books and basketball,” Layne said. “Both of them are four-year college guys and will be a great example for our kids.”
Brooks left for the NBA his senior year at Providence College in 2011 when he was two classes shy of getting his degree but was able to finish during the NBA lockout. Boston took Brooks in the first round before he was traded to the Nets.
In his two seasons with the Nets, split between New Jersey and Brooklyn, he has averaged 8.5 points a game.
Murphy played basketball and graduated from Tennessee Tech before he was drafted in the second round of the 2012 draft by the Jazz. He played for the Reno Bighorns in the NBA D-league last year.
Like Layne, both Brooks and Murphy grew up in the metro-Atlanta area with Brooks playing at Tucker and Murphy playing at Creekside.
“I’ve had relationships with MarShon and Kevin since they were high school guys and early college,” Layne said. “I’ve been around them at different events around the city. We built rapport. I told them I was putting this camp together and said they would love to be on board to speak and work with the kids for a couple of days.”
After graduating from Wheeler, where he played all four years for Doug Lipscomb, Layne played at Georgia for three seasons where he was named All-SEC as a junior before leaving for the NBA draft in 2001.
Layne was never drafted. He spent five seasons playing basketball overseas and eventually got his degree in psychology from Georgia last summer. He’s working in sports management with hopes of becoming an NBA agent.