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Alex Len to declare for NBA Draft

Apr 15, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

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Maryland center Alex Len will declare for the NBA Draft, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.

Len is a likely lottery pick – ESPN ranks him eighth and Draft Express ranks him 11th on their board – for one big reason: He’s 7-foot-1.

Teams often favor height in the draft, because the tall players who develop are incredibly valuable, and it’s difficult to acquire them via free agency or trade. But because teams favor height, tall players are more likely to become busts.

Len, a sophomore, is listed at 255 pounds, but he appears lankier than that. He found success in college thanks to a relatively advanced skill set, but in the NBA, he’ll have to show more than just a finesse game. It’s reasonable to hope Len will play tougher as his body develops, but that’s what any team that drafts Len will be doing: hoping.

  1. aboogy123456 - Apr 15, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    The wizards could really use a center with this kids size, but they need someone who can block shots and rebound. Does anybody have any insight as to whether he will be able to control the paint? The way he’s described in the blog as a 7’1 255 pound big man with an advanced skill set makes him seem very interesting.

    • 4thquartermagic - Apr 16, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      You had JaVale didn’t you?

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