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Alex Len

  • Full Name: Alex Len
  • Position: Center
  • Height/Weight: 7-1 / 255
  • Birthdate: June 16, 1993
  • College: Maryland
Phoenix Suns Round 1: Pick 5
 

- Fifth Pick: Alex Len
- Draft Interview: Alex Len

Strengths
- Good athlete
- Improving offensive threat in the post
- Good face-up skills
- Good hands
- Shot blocker

Weaknesses
- Has to get stronger
- Has been inconsistent

NBA projection
Len has been projected as a high lottery pick, and some analysts believed he had a chance to be the No. 1 player taken. But in early May Len suffered a stress fracture of his left ankle, which means he won’t have a chance to work out for NBA teams before the Draft. Before the injury, scouts had been impressed by Len’s potential given the fact he’s young and is a true low-post operator who can impact games with his shot-blocking ability and also score at the rim.

2012-13 Season
Len was voted to the ACC’s All-Defensive team after leading the league in blocked shots. He doubled his scoring average from his freshman season to his sophomore year, and also improved in every major statistical category.

Key statistics
11.9 ppg | 7.8 rpg | 1.0 apg | 1.5 tpg | 26.4 mpg | .686 FG | .686 FT

Cool statistic
Len’s 78 blocked shots were the most in the ACC.

Reminds me of...
Zydrunas Ilgauskas

What Insiders Say
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon
“He's an unbelievable shot blocker, and that's what I asked him to do. He's special. I talked to a couple NBA guys yesterday that had really high picks and I told them don't mess up. I think he can be the No. 1 pick. They're talking about the other guy [Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel] being No. 1, and you guys saw the same game I saw when we played them earlier in the year. This kid's going to be special."

What Outsiders Say
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery
“He's tremendous, and anybody that prepares to play Maryland better be thinking about what you're going to do with Alex Len.”

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch