Terps' Alex Len to go pro

Terps' Alex Len to go pro
April 14, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Alex Len will leave the University of Maryland and declare for the NBA Draft, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed for CSN Washington.

News first emerged that Maryland sophomore center Len will leave for the NBA Draft from Yahoo! Sports NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski.

Speculation surrounded Len throughout this season that the 7'1" Ukranian would turn pro early. Len averaged more than 12 points a game this season to go along with eight rebounds per game. Attempts to reach Maryland officials were not immediately returned. 

Consistency was not his strong suit, but in big games Len delivered. In the season opener against Kentucky -- and much hyped NBA prospect Nerlens Noel -- Len dominated, scoring 23 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to go along with four blocks.

Against Duke, both good and bad Alex Len showed up. In a 20-point loss in Durham in late January, Len could muster just eight points against Blue Devils big man Mason Plumlee. A month later, this time with the Blue Devils traveling to College Park, Len performed like an NBA lottery pick, going for 19 points nine rebonds and three blocks.

Draft Express predicts Len to be drafted No. 11 overall, two spots ahead of Plumlee, though Noel is projected to go No. 1 overall. 

UPDATE 15 April 2013, 12:29 p.m. ET

Maryland confirmed the news with a press release early Monday afternoon. The school announced that a press conference would be held Tuesday to formally announce his intentions to leave Maryland for the NBA Draft.

"I'm very grateful for the two years I've spent at Maryland and for everyone that has supported me during my time here," Len said in a statement. "It's been an honor to play here and I've learned so much. I want to thank Coach Turgeon and the coaching staff for believing in me and helping me grow as a player and a person. I also want to thank my teammates who were always there for me. We shared some great moments together. I've grown a lot, both on the court and off the court, over the past two years and I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life."