Alex Len Leaves Maryland for NBA After Two Seasons


March 10, 2013; Charlottesville, VA USA; Maryland Terrapins center Alex Len (25) shoots the ball over Virginia Cavaliers guard Joe Harris (12) in the second half at John Paul Jones Arena. The Cavaliers won 61-58 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Center Alex Len, arguably the University of Maryland men’s basketball team’s best player this past year, is forgoing his final two seasons with the Terrapins and will enter the 2013 NBA Draft. The 7-foot-1 Ukrainian center, who averaged 11.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks (including an ACC-best 78 blocks) this past season after a sub-par freshman year, is following the likes of Trey Burke and Nerlens Noel and leaving college early to play professional basketball. At times this season, Len was considered a top pick. At worst, he will most likely be drafted in the top 15. In terms of a NBA prospect, Len offers a unique and somewhat developed skill set and, of course, height. On the other hand, the lanky center will have to add strength and consistency to his repertoire if he wants to be a successful NBA player. Len is expected to officially declare for the draft within the next few days.