After steamrolling Nerlens Noel's Kentucky Wildcats, and then a slew of weak low-major foes, sophomore Alex Len has seen his production drop substantially during conference play.
In ACC competition, the 7'1'' Len is averaging just 11.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, down from 13.3 points and 8.0 rebounds in nonconference play. While those differentials aren't drastic, the highly-touted NBA prospect is averaging nearly five more minutes per night against conference opponents.
To further emphasize his extended slump, he has failed to score more than 12 points in each of his last five contests. In fact, he hasn't attempted more than seven shots in a game during that span.
Is Len suffering from inadequate production from the point guard position? Sure. But he also needs to be more assertive in the post. Len should be getting a touch every time down the floor.
Lastly, his offensive rebound totals have been horrendous for someone who stands over seven feet tall. With at least a three inch height advantage nearly every game, Len is pulling in less than three offensive boards in conference play.
In addition, he's pulled in just eleven offensive rebounds in his past five games. Those opponents include ACC bottom-feeders Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, who have no legitimate size comparatively.