The comparison is obvious. Len, the 7’1″ Eastern European center from the University of Maryland agrees with the assessment-
“Ilgauskas, also an Eastern European, is a good analogy: A guy with true-center size who could shoot well enough to place defenders in predicaments. Ilgauskas scored nearly 11,000 career points. But there’s a way the Ilgauskas-Len comparison works against Len.
Ilgauskas had chronic foot problems over most of his pro career. Len is in a walking boot, after having surgery in April to stabilize a partial stress fracture in his left ankle. Noted Charlotte foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson did that surgery. Len’s rehab schedule suggests he’ll be cleared to start running in August and be fully recovered by the time training camp starts in October.”
“It’s that European style where big men can do whatever they want to,’’ Len described. “It just makes me a little different.’’ [Bonnell/Charlotte Observer]
The Cavaliers are rumored to be interested in Len with the first overall pick, and Ilgauskas himself has been scouting him. If the Cavaliers do draft Len, who better to work with him than Ilgauskas?
The draft is June 27th.
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