2012-13 COLLEGE STATS
- Skilled big man
- Good touch around the basket
- Solid perimeter game
- Nice passer out of the post
- Good shot-blocker and rebounder
- Good athlete for a player his size
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING AROUND THE WEB
June 10 Update: Len, who is on crutches due to a stress fracture in his left ankle, isn't able to work out either. But that hasn't stopped his rise on our Big Board. Increasingly, teams are looking to him as a potentially safer alternative to Noel. While he's likely to miss the next four to five months as he rehabs his ankle, teams feel like he's got better size, is more polished offensively and could have a bigger upside than Noel.
May 28 Update: Len was on crutches during his visit to the combine. He measured well with a nearly 7-foot-4 wingspan and was impressive in interviews by virtually all accounts. If he could work out, I think he'd have a shot at going No. 1. However, from what I'm told, he's still in the mix with the Cavs for that top spot anyway. It's hard to imagine him falling out of the top 10.
The intrigue around Len begins with his outstanding physical profile. Standing 7-1, with a huge wingspan, big shoulders, and a frame that will surely fill out nicely over the next few years, Len clearly has terrific tools to work with. He's also a very good athlete for his size, as he runs the floor well, elevates off the ground quickly, and is capable of playing above the rim with ease.
Playing just 21 minutes per game last season upon becoming eligible, Len was up and down as a freshman as noted, stringing together a handful of very impressive performances, but also being a total non-factor in many Maryland contests. This is somewhat understandable considering the cultural adjustment involved with moving from Ukraine, as the language barrier and adaptation to a completely new style of basketball and academic schedule would be a significant burden for even the most talented prospect to shoulder.
Tall, long and intimidating center with developing offensive ability ... Impressive athlete for a 7'1" player ... Quick off his feet ... Runs up and down the court with ease ... Hard for defenders to keep tabs on, due to his activity without the ball ... Sets a lot of screens ... Soft touch around basket ... Gets a lot of tip-ins off of offensive rebounds ... Effective in the post due to his length and touch ... Really competes for post-position ... Solid shooter, that displays range out to 18 feet already ... Should become a better free-throw shooter in time ... Passing ability is solid ... A natural shot-blocker that uses his physical tools and great timing to swat a lot of shots ... Poised enough to not bite on most shot fakes ... Works hard to deny post-entry passes on defense... Mobility should make him a good pick-and-roll defender in time ... Very green ... Has a high ceiling ...