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OKC Thunder: Alex Len has made huge strides

Maryland big man has learned the game, and the language, in two years with the Terrapins.
By John Rohde Published: June 8, 2013

Born in the Ukraine, Len will turn 20 years old next Sunday.

The 7-foot-1, 255-pounder is one of eight 7-footers projected to be drafted in the first round (along with two players at 6-foot-11).

Len's collegiate career started slowly when he was suspended the first 10 games by the NCAA because of eligibility issues concerning his professional background with a former club in his home country. He was inconsistent as a freshman and bothered by an ankle injury midway through the season, but showed promise at times while facing some talented centers in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Most intriguing about Len is his impressive athleticism for a player his size. He also offers a 7-foot-3½ wingspan and has added 30 pounds since coming to America.

Though his play has been inconsistent at times, Len's remarkable agility and untapped potential are what has captured the attention of NBA scouts. In other words, he certainly looks the part.

12 for the 12th pick

As part of the James Harden trade with Houston last October, the Thunder obtained the No. 12 overall selection in the June 27 NBA Draft via Toronto. Leading up to the draft, we'll take a look at 12 potential candidates the Thunder might consider taking with that No. 12 pick. Today: Maryland center Alex Len.


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