The time is almost there for Alex Len to stand on his own two feet. The 7-1 center from Maryland, who had sugery in April to repair a stress fracture in his left ankle, is getting examined by orthopedic surgeon Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C., on Tuesday. “I probably got two more weeks on crutches,” Len told CSN Washington on Monday after a workout. “I’m going to kind of get a feel for where I’m at. I’ll be able to do stuff on the court in August. I’m expecting to be fully cleared for training camp.” Len attended the pre-draft combine last month in Chicago despite wearing a boot and still being on crutches. The most significant measuremeant that could be taken was for his wingspan, which is a shade under 7-4. Given his size and potential, Len is tempting for a lot of teams in the June 27 draft even though he averaged just 11.9 points and 7.8 rebounds. The Cleveland Cavaliers, who pick No. 1 overall, don’t have a viable center on the roster. The Wizards choose third, and their long-term future in the middle is in doubt with Emeka Okafor (free agent next year) and Nene (injuries). “Our lack of being able to handle the ball and our lack of being able to shoot the ball fron the outside really hurt Alex throughout the season,” Terrapins coach Mark Turgeon said of his 25-13 team that failed to make the NCAA tournament. “Towards the end of the year when we began to shoot the ball better, we went small … (and) Alex’s game got a lot better.
Len expects to be 'fully cleared' by training camp
CSN Washington | Jun 18