Oleksiy "Alex" Len was born in 1993 in Antratsit, Ukraine. Antratsit is in Eastern Ukraine, located in the southern part of the Luhansk Oblast. His mother is Iuliia Len and is a former track athlete. Alex has one sister named Anna. Len speaks Ukranian, Russian and English. The big center majored in Family Sciences at the University of Maryland. Len didn't start playing basketball until he was 13 years old, when he attended Dnipropetrovsk Higher College in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. Before that he performed gymnastics. Len enjoys swimming and playing chess. In 2015, Len and his mother Iuliia created the Len-d A Hand Foundation to assist youth in Phoenix and the Ukraine. Fans can follow Len on Twitter @alexlen.