Ceiling: No. 1 overall
Basement: Late lottery
Alex Len may not be under the national radar, but few have mentioned his name as a potential No. 1 overall pick.
They should start.
At 7'1'' with long arms and a developing offensive skill set, Len's upside is on par with all of the current No. 1 overall candidates.
His direct competitor is 6'11'' Cody Zeller, who at the moment is more polished and advanced as a scorer. But Len is a more intimidating defensive presence and does a better job cleaning up the glass. He's taller, stronger and more explosive than Zeller, which makes you wonder who will be better once they both hit their respective strides.
Len's usage rate isn't what it should be, which has negatively affected his statistics. But when he's given the ball in the post with space to operate, there isn't a player at the collegiate level who has the physical tools to contain him.
Offensively he's capable of facing the rim and attacking off the bounce. He possesses the agility to spin, shake and elude awaiting defenders. Developing a mid-range jumper to help diversify his offensive skill set would likely ease some of the concerns of those who believe he's too raw.
He's one of the few prospects to have solidified a position in the lottery. Len's ceiling is high enough that it could allow him to leapfrog others who have triggered hesitation in NBA scouts.