Is Alex Len Really Going To Be Picked #1?

I feel compelled to address the groundswell of news reports that Alex Len is about to be drafted #1 by the Cleveland Cavaliers this week.  While on one hand, getting picked #1 is great for Alex personally and a great advertisement for the program; I'm troubled.  Here how I see it playing out:

1.  He's not ready to contribute and Cleveland Stinks.  Maryland's subpar PG play aside, there were many moments during the season where Alex caught the ball on the low block and either lacked the court vision to pass out of the double team or had no confidence in his back-to-the-basket move.  He's only 20 years old and simply has developed those facets of his game yet.  Cleveland will be looking for someone who is ready to contribute and Alex will be limited given his lack of a rounded out skill set.

2.  It will likely take a few years for Len to develop these skills.  By that time, his rookie contract will have run out and he'll have contributed precious little to the Cavaliers.  Len will be labeled a bust and shipped out of town for $.50 on the dollar.  As a number 1 pick, there is simply too much pressure for Len to have a realistic chance to succeed.  The expectations will be impossibly high.

3.  Maryland will then have three top two picks (Joe Smith, Steve Francis, and Alex Len) who underwhelmed in the NBA.  It's hard enough to recruit and track record like that does not help.

Author: Jeremy | 6/24/2013 2:04:03 PM | Tags: alex len, nba draft |

Bye Bye Alex Len

In a move the surprises absolutely no one, Alex Len is going declare himself eligible for the NBA Draft.  We've known this was going to happen back in November.  He will leave a large hole to fill, but Chuck Mitchell and Shaq Cleare are up to the challenge. I wish Alex the best although I'd be surprised if he sees the court much over t [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 4/14/2013 9:41:20 PM | Tags: alex len, nba draft |

Terps Pull Away Late as Len Impresses In Debut

At times it wasn't pretty; but the Terps looked like a complete team tonight.  Five players scored in double digits (Howard, Faust, Len, Padgett, Stoglin).  The Terps also dominated on the glass (49-28). Despite the massive rebounding disparity; the game was relatively close. Albany took outstanding care of the basketball only turning [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/28/2011 8:05:59 PM | Tags: albany, recap, alex len |

Terps vs Albany: The Beginning Of An Era?

I know that there are readers who will find my headline a tad hyperbolic; but I can't help it.  I'm excited.  It's not every day that a 7'2" man-child with good footwork comes into your life.  Such is the case with Alex Len and I'm all in. I understand the need to temper expectations, and frankly, my expectations are not that [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 12/27/2011 8:58:23 PM | Tags: alex len, albany, game thread |

Alex Len To Be Cleared?

I am loathe to post any "breaking news" that comes via Twitter; but Jeff Barker is extremely reliable. See for yourselves: @sunjeffbarker Marynd (sic) center Alex Len expected to be cleared and be available to begin practicing for the depleted Terps basketball team as soon as today Obviously, this is wonderful news and it immedi [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 11/2/2011 10:06:26 AM | Tags: alex len, cleared |

Alex Len Eligibility Part Deux

Alex Len tweeted on Friday night that he expects to hear from the clearinghouse today.  Let's hope the news is good.  I'm still licking my wounds from the most atrocious Ravens performance I've ever seen. I had trouble sleeping last night and that hasn't happened since the Cory Lucious shot. If Len is declared eligible or receives a mi [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/25/2011 7:25:01 AM | Tags: alex len, ncaa clearinghouse |

Alex Len Eligibility Thread

It appears that today is the day we hear on Alex Len's eligibility.  Mark Turgeon mentioned a few weeks ago that even if he is declared ineligible today; there will be an appeal process that will give Len the opportunity to get reinstated. Hopefully, it won't come to that and we will hear good news today.  from my standpoint, I thi [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 10/21/2011 10:16:27 AM | Tags: alex len, ncaa clearinghouse |
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