Maryland's Alex Len Ready for Sophomore Season After 'grinding All Summer'

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Maryland's Alex Len Ready for Sophomore Season After 'grinding All Summer'
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In the beginning, he communicated by computer. When Alex Len first arrived in the United States, Maryland’s Ukrainian center didn’t know any English. Conversations were aided by translation programs, to overcome the language barrier. Google was a first friend. When Len sampled America’s finest cuisine (read: fast food), Terrapins forward John Auslander, his roommate, helped speak to the cashiers. The first time they dined together, Auslander ordered Len’s bagel. The 7-foot-1 center eventually graduated to pointing when they ate at Chipotle.

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