Former Maryland Terrapins center Alex Len will miss 4-to-6 months with a stress fracture in his left ankle.
Len, a 19-year-old center who has drawn comparisons to former Cavalier Zydrunas Ilgauskas, was thought to be a high lottery selection prior to this news. Recent runs of ESPN’s Draft Predictor had Len landing in Cleveland if the team were selecting in the four-to-six range. Len, however, must now go into the June draft without the benefit of any pre-draft workouts.
One of the better centers in the upcoming draft, Len comes equipped with the ability to rebound and block shots while hitting the mid-range jump shot on the offensive end—perfect for pick-and-pop situations that Mike Brown ran very frequently during his last tenure with the Cavaliers. The seven-footer will likely still go high in the draft, but he now comes with some considerable risk.
In a recent piece for ESPN, Fran Franschilla stated that he would select Len over Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel, who is widely considered to be the top pick in the June draft. Len averaged 12 points in his 26 minutes on the floor, but was the victim of an offense that did not incorporate his skill set. In 16 of his last 19 games as a Terrapin, Len took fewer than 10 shots, averaging only 7.4 per contest.
“The tough part is the timing,” Len’s agent Mike Lelchitski said via press release.