If a player is a mortal lock to go in the first round of the NBA Draft, it is never a bad move to forgo some years of eligibility and declare early entry into the wonderful world of millions of dollars. That is exactly what Maryland Terrapins center, Alex Len, is going to do.
According to Yahoo!, the 7-foot-1 big man is going to declare his intentions to enter the draft sometime during the middle of this week, although it was becoming pretty obvious throughout the season that Len had improved his draft stock to such a degree that not entering may be detrimental to his financial health.
Some even have Len has a lottery pick, meaning not only is he going to get a guaranteed contract (which the first round provides), but will also make a slew of money. Len may not be fully developed either, which makes his potential all that much more attractive for potential suitors.
Len finished the season with six double-doubles, averaging just under 12 points and eight boards a game. While those numbers don’t scream first-round talent, Len did show flashes of excellence this season — especially in his 23-point, 12-rebound outing against the Kentucky Wildcats.
For Maryland, well, this obviously takes a very talented player away from the team. It will cause some depth issues on the frontcourt as well as some much-needed general size. Replacing seven feet of awesomeness is never an easy task, and it will be interesting to see if Maryland’s recruiting tactics change going forward, and focus on going after size.
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