According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Maryland Terrapins center Alex Len will declare for the NBA draft. This comes after a 2012-13 season in which Len averaged 11.9 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 2.1 blocks in 26.4 minutes per game.
Len is projected to be a lottery pick by ESPN's Chad Ford.
Maryland sophomore center Alex Len will enter the NBA Draft, source tells Y! Sports. Len will hold a mid-week news conference at Maryland.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 15, 2013
This comes as little surprise.
During the 2012-13 season, Len was named to the honorable mention All-ACC team and the All-ACC Defensive Team (via UMTerps.com). He was fifth in the ACC in rebounding, third in blocks and seventh in field-goal percentage during the regular season.
Len led Maryland to the semifinals of the 2013 NIT by averaging 11.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.8 blocks during tournament play.
Len is a 7'1", 225-pound sophomore center from Ukraine. He's one of the more skilled big men in the nation with his back-to-the-basket style and has developed a reliable face-up game.
Len is also one of the few true seven-footers in this year's draft class.
Len has drawn comparisons to numerous NBA players, although the best might be current Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol.
Much like Gasol when he entered the league, Len is an effective passer out of the high post. They're also similar in the sense that they can score with either hand and have reputable face-up skills.
Just like Gasol, however, Len has seen his level of aggression come into question.
Chad Ford of ESPN has Len ranked as the No. 12 prospect and the No. 3 center behind Kentucky Wildcats freshman Nerlens Noel and Indiana Hoosiers sophomore Cody Zeller. Len picked up 23 points and 12 rebounds in a Nov. 9 loss to Noel and Kentucky.
During the final game of his college career, Len tallied 16 points, nine rebounds and six blocks against the Iowa Hawkeyes.