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25 - Alex Len

7-1, 255 Center
MARYLAND_65.GIF Maryland Sophomore
Birthday
06/16/93 (26.4 yrs)
Hometown
Antratsit, Ukraine
High School
Dnipropetrovsk Higher Coll.
Team Site Profile
Statistics
Athleticism
8
Size
10
Defense
8
Strength
8
Quickness
7
Leadership
7
Jump Shot
8
NBA Ready
8
Rebounding
8
Potential
9
Post Skills
7
Intangibles
8

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

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