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Old 01-22-2013, 06:51 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Alex Len - C - Maryland

Alex Len is a 7'1" 255 pound sophomore center for Maryland. He is 19 years old and won't turn 20 until a few weeks before the draft. Maryland has also recently started him at PF.

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Len is from the Ukraine and made a significant jump from his freshman season to his sophomore season. His scoring, rebounding, and offensive efficiency numbers are significantly improved.
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Old 02-16-2013, 04:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Got a chance to see him for the first time today and there is no question in my mind that he's the #1 pick. He has made Plumlee look like a high school kid, and this is the good Plumlee, the Plumlee that kenpom has as his #4 guy for Player of the Year. His offensive game is good; he can definitely add more post moves, but that's true for every 19 year old. He needs to dunk more, but that's also true for every 19 year old. The only shots he's missed so far were a running jump hook that rimmed out and a 15 foot fadeaway that rimmed out, but he showed that he's at least somewhat comfortable with his midrange game and can at least shoot a jump hook with his right hand.

What impresses me most is his athleticism. He's not going to set a high jump record, but he doesn't plod at all and looks light on his feet especially for a 7'1'' kid with some muscle. His body is good, he's filled out far more than most 7-footers that come into the league. His defense is good and he showed the quickness (relatively so) to show out to the three point line when he had to.

His rebounding technique is not good. He seems to be a good offensive rebounder, but I think that's just athleticism and height. There were a couple times when he just blatantly shoved Duke players under the hoop to get position and was fortunate to not get called for a foul. His defensive rebounding stats leave a lot to be desired and this is why. Someone is going to have to teach him how to rebound, but he's athletic, strong, and wide, so it shouldn't be a big problem. It's more about technique than desire.

This is the #1 pick. He's Bogut at worst (with time, not right away).
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I was very impressed with him in their win vs Duke. Dominated Plumlee.
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Potential lottery pick Alex Len of Maryland had surgery to stabilize stress fracture in his ankle and will be out 4-6 months, his agent says

Len, a 7-footer, must go into June draft without benefit of pre-draft workouts. The tough part is "the timing," agent Mike Lelchitski said.

Tough blow for Alex Len. A lot of lottery teams intrigued with 7-footer; will be intriguing to see which might still draft him so high.
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He's ****ed now. Late first round.
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Re: Alex Len - C - Maryland

God, I hope he lasts until 16. Because he's still one of the top 5 players from this crappy pool and Boston could use the help.
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Don't be scared Wizards keep him in the urrea
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Big Euro with foot problems is a no way for me.
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God, I hope he lasts until 16. Because he's still one of the top 5 players from this crappy pool and Boston could use the help.
Ainge may be scared off after Sullinger didn't last through his rookie season. If Len's still there at 16 you almost have to take him, though.
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Re: Alex Len - C - Maryland

Projected 6th to NOLA by DraftExpress, would Len be a good fit with Anthony Davis?
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2. Which player is the biggest project?

Pelton: Alex Len. There's no questioning Len's potential, but there's also no question that we've yet to see him consistently contribute at a high level. It will be up to whatever team takes Len in the lottery to develop those skills.
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3. Which player could scouts be underestimating (a la Andre Drummond)?

Fraschilla: Alex Len. Len will be a lottery pick, but there is a lot of room for improvement. He will be an upper-echelon starting NBA center. The former gymnast is 7-1, weighs 250 pounds and won't turn 20 until mid-June. Sidelined through the summer, the blessing for Len is that he won't have the pressure of being the No. 1 pick.
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For those who criticized Maryland for not getting Alex Len the ball enough, this screenshot supports your take.

Why I'd take Len over Noel

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I would be only mildly surprised if Len is drafted ahead of Noel, and it is not necessarily because Noel has been a better-known commodity than the big Ukrainian who has only been in the United States two years.

In their only meeting of the season, Len outscored Noel 23-4 and outrebounded him 12-9 in a November game in which Noel found himself saddled with foul trouble. It was Noel's first college game and should not have any effect on NBA decision-makers, if they are inclined to take him.

Whereas Noel is the low-risk pick because an NBA team can hang their hat on his shot-blocking, Len is the "high risk, high reward" pick that many teams can see as a 10-year starter. However, the possibility exists that he doesn't adjust to the next level and ends up not meeting expectations.

Personally, I think Len will meet expectations. He did save the best games of his sophomore season against his best competition. Not only did he hold his own against Noel, he got the better of Mason Plumlee in both of the Maryland's wins over Duke at the end of the season.

Len, at 7-1 and 250 pounds, has prototype NBA center size and he is a good athlete for his size and age (he'll turn 20 just 11 days before the draft). While improved strength would be a welcome addition, he has already added nearly 40 pounds since arriving in College Park, and there's room for 25 more, according to his coaching staff.

In addition, Len has very good hands, is quick off his feet and has a good touch around the basket. He has a face-up game that is evolving and good first-step quickness off the lane against similar-sized players. I believe he will have more space to operate within the NBA as well.

Len, despite his length, is not a prolific shot-blocker. A block rate of 8 percent placed him in the top 70 college players. I was impressed, however, with how well he moved his feet in defending screen-and-roll situations, even though he played the second part of the season on what appeared to be a badly sprained ankle.

While Len averaged 12 points in his 26 minutes on the floor, he was the victim of poor-passing, high-turnover teammates. Maryland's 22.2 percent turnover rate was 292nd in the country. In fact, in 16 of his last 19 games as a Terrapin, Len took fewer than 10 shots, averaging only 7.4 shots.

Ultimately, Len has as much chance of playing in an All-Star Game or two as anyone in the draft. He has a chance to be a Zydrunas Ilgauskas-caliber player -- a guy who played 13 NBA seasons, most of them as a starter.
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This is a tougher call than it looks. Again, Noel is a safe selection. Few will criticize a team for taking him, in part because conventional wisdom has had him going No.1 or No. 2 all season long. If a team wants to try to hit a home run, Len could be the guy.

I love Noel's one-tool elite shot-blocking ability, but if I'm making the pick, I'd swing for the fences with Len.
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1. Cleveland Cavaliers -- Alex Len, Maryland

Cleveland has two picks in the first round and two positions -- center, small forward -- where they don't already have top-five picks. Early in the the draft, unless there's a superstar available, you always go with the big man. I already wrote why Len is a better prospect than Nerlens Noel, but this is another good breakdown from ESPN's Fran Fraschilla.
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Len gets up pretty quickly for his size, which is a huge + for him. Question is like Noel...will his body hold up. I think he can be an all-star.
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Did the University of Maryland do wrong by former center Alex Len?
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