Knowing something but acting against conventional wisdom is a sure sign of being a lunatic. I guess what I am trying to say is that former Maryland Terrapin and presumed 2013 NBA Draft lottery pick, Alex Len, is crazier than Jack Nicholson in The Shining.
The mean streets of Twitter has just exploded with the news that Len had to have surgery and will be out 4-6 weeks. It’s pretty crazy that Len would declare early entry into the draft if he knew he was going to need the surgery. So crazy, in fact, you probably think I am lying. I am not, here is proof:
Potential lottery pick Alex Len of Maryland had surgery to stabilize stress fracture in his ankle and will be out 4-6 months, his agent says
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) May 3, 2013
Four to six months is a lifetime when you don’t have a guarantee of anything. Some experts had Len climbing as high as a top-five pick, but with his inability to work out at any pre-draft combines coupled with Len being a big-man with an ankle injury (a big no-no), his draft stock may take a nosedive.
It really is a shame that the NCAA doesn’t have some sort of safety-net for players when these types of things happen. I am not suggesting Len would decide to go back to college, but it would be nice to have the option.
Although, it should be pointed out that Len’s draft stock should not plummet to Brady Quinn like levels — it is not like athletic, seven-foot behemoths grow on trees. Teams will certainly still hold him in relatively high-regard.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone