In search of reinforcements for a depleted frontcourt, the University of Maryland basketball staff has gone international, adding 7-foot-2 Ukrainian Olexiy Len.
Sources tell InsideMDSports.com that Len, who goes by Alex in the States, is on campus and enrolled for the fall semester, which begins Wednesday, and it's hoped he'll be declared eligible in time to help a Maryland program that has just three post players -- none of them with vast experience -- this winter.
Len, who turned 18 in June, is an accomplished international player. In the 2010 Under-18 European Championships, he averaged 16 points, 11.4 rebounds and 4.3 blocked shots per game. He led the entire tournament in blocks and offensive rebounds per game, while shooting 47.2 percent from the floor and attracting attention from professional scouts.
Len was listed at 6-foot-11, but reportedly has grown to 7-2. He's said to be a reliable outside shooter as well. Former Maryland assistant Rob Ehsan attempted to bring him in a year ago, and was recruiting him to Virginia Tech this summer.
He reportedly has three years of eligibility.
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