Maryland big man Alex Len has not been able to work out with NBA teams—he is coming off surgery to fix a stress fracture in his ankle. And yet he has moved to the rumor-mill forefront of this year’s draft. Len is visiting Charlotte, which holds the No. 4 pick in this year’s draft, to meet with team officials on Tuesday. He was in New Orleans over the weekend, and it was while there that NOLA.com reported that Len is “the likely choice” for the Cavaliers at No. 1. That would be a sizable leap for Len, who is projected as a Top 10 pick. He has yet to meet with the Cavs, but that meeting should take place sometime near the end of the week. The Cavaliers will host Nerlens Noel, the favorite to go No. 1, on Thursday, and in addition to him and Len, are seriously considering Kansas guard Ben McLemore, Georgetown’s Otto Porter and UNLV forward Anthony Bennett. Not only is Len injured, but Noel (ACL) and Bennett (shoulder) are coming off surgery. Len will have the ankle checked out by Dr. James Andrews while in Charlotte, and it should not affect him long-term. He said he played the final two months of the Terps’ season with the bum ankle. “I thought it was a growth spurt, that is what the doctors told me,” Len said. “But, I did an MRI right after the season, and it was a stress fracture. … I didn’t really have to do the surgery, but the doctor told me it was going to help me in the long run, so I decided to do it.” Len, a native of the Ukraine, averaged 11.9 points and 7.8 rebounds as a sophomore, shooting 53.4 percent from the field. One complaint scouts registered about him is that the system of Maryland coach Mark Turgeon did not showcase Len’s offense enough, and while his defense is known to be solid, there is some question about what his offensive potential in the NBA will be.
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Oregonian | Jun 18