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Former Maryland center and NBA prospect Alex Len will undergo ankle surgery, knocking him out of all pre-draft workouts.
The surgery was done in order to stabilize Len’s left ankle and is a major blow to the highly touted prospect who had plenty to prove to NBA scouts.
“Everyone who knows Alex knows that he would have been incredible in the pre-draft workout setting. However, Alex is one of the elite prospects with arguably the biggest upside of anyone in the draft. The most important thing is his long-term health.”
Last season at Maryland, Len averaged 11.9 points and 7.8 rebounds and is projected to make a full recovery in four to six months.
Len won’t be able to workout for teams personally nor will he be able to participate in the NBA Scouting Combine on May 16-17.
On ESPN Draft Insider Chad Ford’s Big Board, Len is the seventh rated prospect and as one scout told ESPN’s Andy Katz, “Len may drop a few spots, but if a team likes him, then it will take him, regardless of the injury”.
While Len’s injury will definitely make scouts drop him a couple of notches, he will still be able to talk to scouts and convince them to draft him in the top-10. Much like Kentucky center Nerlens Noel, Len will need to prove to scouts that the injury is behind him and that he’ll be his dominant self once he’s healthy.
Teams at the top of the draft like the Raptors, Kings, and Phoenix Suns should still consider Len as he is a raw seven-footer that doesn’t come around too often.
It’s unfortunate that Len had this injury as he had a lot to prove at the pre-draft camps, but he should recover in time for training camp.
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