Alex Len will leave the University of Maryland and declare for the NBA Draft, a source with knowledge of the situation confirmed for CSN Baltimore.
News first emerged that Maryland sophomore center Len will leave for the NBA Draft from Yahoo! Sports NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski.
Maryland sophomore center Alex Len will enter the NBA Draft, source tells Y! Sports. Len will hold a mid-week news conference at Maryland.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 15, 2013
Speculation surrounded Len throughout this season that the 7'1" Ukranian would turn pro early. Len averaged more than 12 points a game this season to go along with eight rebounds per game. Attempts to reach Maryland officials were not immediately returned.
Consistency was not his strong suit, but in big games Len delivered. In the season opener against Kentucky -- and much hyped NBA prospect Nerlens Noel -- Len dominated, scoring 23 points and grabbing 12 rebounds to go along with four blocks.
Against Duke, both good and bad Alex Len showed up. In a 20-point loss in Durham in late January, Len could muster just eight points against Blue Devils big man Mason Plumlee. A month later, this time with the Blue Devils traveling to College Park, Len performed like an NBA lottery pick, going for 19 points nine rebonds and three blocks.
Draft Express predicts Len to be drafted No. 11 overall, two spots ahead of Plumlee, though Noel is projected to go No. 1 overall. Expect much more on this story as it develops.