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25 - Alex Len

Maryland 

  • Birthday: 6/16/93
  • NBA Position: Center
  • Class: Sophomore
  • Ht: 7-1
  • Wt: 255
  • Hometown: Antratsit, Ukraine
  • High School: Dnipropetrovsk Higher Coll.
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NBA Comparison: Jonas Valanciunas/Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Strengths: Athletic specimen at 7'1 with highly intriguing physical canvas ... He’s a legit 5-man with incredible coordination and agility for his size ... Gets up and down the court with ultimate comfort at 255 pounds ... Back to the basket game is on the incline- did a much better job establishing and holding position as a sophomore ... Quick and decisive moves, predominantly over his left shoulder ... Effortless leaping ability and 7'3.5 wingspan result in frequent high percentage looks (53% FG), many above the rim ... Active and willing mover without the ball, averaging 1.48 PPP on basket cuts (52 possessions) ... Consistent shooting mechanics with significant room for development; occasionally will flash confidence letting fly in the mid-range ... 69% free throw shooter ... Willing passing with burgeoning feel for the game (1 APG) ... He's added 30 pounds since arriving on campus from his professional club in the Ukraine ... Imposing upper body with wide set shoulders, supporting additional muscle should not be a concern ... One rebound every 3.3 minutes on the floor ... He possesses all the tools to be a prolific rebounder on both backboards (2.9 ORPG) ... Intimidating presence in the middle filling the role of rim protector (2.1 BLK) ... Capable of deterring shots both on ball and weakside ... Mobile defensively, unafraid to engage the pick and roll ball handler ... Moves well laterally and retreats on balance. Len will turn 20 on June 16th ...

Weaknesses: Len remains a raw product when forced to make a move outside of a few feet ... Limited resources with ball in hand ... Face up game is not a part of his repertoire despite high level agility compared to his center counterparts- same can be proclaimed for his effectiveness, or lack thereof, in the pick and pop ... Nuances of the P&R need cultivation... Over time he should become a natural rolling to the hoop. Assertiveness and dominant mindset not yet trademarks, as buttressed by his underwhelming 8.5 FGA and 4 FTA per game ... Lower body/base must get stronger to defend the post and maintain position on the offensive block ... Often found himself in foul trouble with defensive discipline a work in progress ... After declaring for the draft it was revealed he would miss 4-6 months of practice time with a stress fracture in his ankle ... It should be noted that ankle issues were a common theme during his two years at College Park ... Unable to participate in combine drills where he would have been an ideal candidate to impress in the athletic testing ...

Adam Ganeles 6/7/13

Strengths: 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 ...

Weaknesses: Still working himself into game-shape after serving a 10 game suspension to open the 2011-2012 season ... Will have to add weight if he doesn't want to get pushed around in the pros ... Good rebounder, though doesn't protect the ball as well as he should ... Tends to expose the ball to smaller players by bringing it down around his waist ... Clearly uncomfortable with the ball in his hands unless his back is to the basket ... Turnover prone ... Can get over-aggressive and move his feet while setting screens ...

Overall: Len has the tools to be an effective player in the NBA on both ends of the floor ... Scouts haven't seen much of him yet, but he clearly possesses lottery-pick potential ...

Tyler Ingle 1/14/12

November 10, 2012

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