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"Len is naturally a finesse player. He is very coordinated for his size and can shoot well from outside. Turgeon said Len will even shoot the 3 this season."
I am sooo looking forward to seeing this team play!
(for some reason I can't get the direct story link to work so click on this link and then go to the Alex Len story)
This post has been edited 6 times, most recently by umuc81 19 months ago
Really excited for Len this season. I would love to have him for two more. Probably wont happen, but we can hope. Go Terps!
You hope that he's not good enough to go to the NBA next year? That's a stupid wish. I hope he's a top 5 pick next year.
This post was edited by Terps Bug11 19 months ago
If things work out, Terps could Essentially have an 8 foot 5 inch center in about 22 years
Not me. I'd take one more pretty good year followed by a great year and a top 5 pick.
"He's close to being twice as good in the low post," Turgeon said. "He's much further along. He's got so much more game in him that we'll bring out."
I'm so ready to see this guy break out. I understand wanting him for one more year, especially seeing the talent coming in, but I wish him all the success in the world. The kid deserves it!
If Len is still here next year, then that means he had a disappointing season in 2012-2013.
Don't be small time.
We want our players to be coveted by NBA scouts before they set foot on campus. Wish them well when they jump, show their pictures to recruits and reload.
His adjustment to American life has been aided by senior Essence Townsend, a 6-foot-7 center on the women's basketball team who is from Paterson, N.J. "It's no secret" that the two are dating, she said. Len and Townsend have become Maryland's most recognizable couple.
"It's hard to miss us," she said. "One of our teammates Googled 'tallest couple in the world' and they were like 7-feet and 6-4, so we beat them."
They eat meals together when they can, shoot baskets together and play one-on-one.
"He loves Boston Market and Chipotle —and he loves salmon," she said. "He's like a big kid." They have explored the monuments in Washington and traveled to New York together, and she met Len's mother, who visited over the summer.
Townsend said Len's English has improved dramatically since they met at an ice cream social for Maryland athletes before last season.
"I pretty much went up to him and his teammates introduced me," Townsend said. "I was saying, 'Hi, I'm Essence.' "
We need them to make some terrapin babies
I know the NBA drafts on potential and his size is a huge asset. I know there's also a learning curve involved when you adjusted to life in a foreign country, different style of play, etc...I know this dude is athletic and runs the floor well for his size. I know all that & I seriously hope I'm eating crow next year as he turns into the next Bill Walton...... but I just don't see it. Len's improvement is going to have be like jumping over the Empire State to be top 5. I don't know too many NBA teams salivating over a big who can't push around ACC bigs, gets outrebounded by Padge and who now apparently likes to drift out to jack up threes. Again, I'm not trying to hate, nor am I saying he's not valuable. Just can't see top 5 for the life of me. He's not nasty enough.
He's an athletic 7'1" guy. Of course, he has top 5 potential. Not nasty enough? Can't push around ACC bigs? I think I'll take Turgeon's word that he's improved a lot over some empty rhetoric like this.
I got the shotgun. You got the briefcase. It's all in the game though, right?
Have you heard of a guy named Ernie Grunfeld?
LOL. This guy is 7'1, added 20-25 lbs in one offseason, and will be dropping threes. NBA teams are going to want him, and probably will be drooling over him.
As long as he has shown improvement from last year, I think he will easily be a top 10 pick. Now if he somehow has not improved or has regressed, then it becomes less likely (just stating the obvious here)
A year ago after finally getting cleared and making his debut, people on this board declared him a one-and-done, lottery pick who'd make us competitive in conference. I'm too lazy to look it up but I know it was said. I hope this kid lives up to these wild expectations and my words are , as you say, empty rhetoric. But it's going to take a lot more than the coach's confidence in his improvement before I declare him a top 5 pick. I saw a 7 foot kid who has potential and a nice stroke for a big but who disappeared on the court for long stretches and didn't have the post moves or the muscle to be much of an offensive option on the block for a sub .500 ACC team. Instead of declaring him the next great white hope, maybe we oughta just be patient with him.
I still can't believe this guy dropped into our lap the way he did. That never happens and sure never happens to the Terps, at least not lately.
You sound fun!
If you can't see the potential and room for improvement in this guy you just haven't been paying attention.
Sooo...Len puts on 25 lbs in one year, Berand Weijs cant put on 1lb in two years. Ok
Fab Melo had a worse first year, was a head case and is a knucklehead on the court, but was drafted in the lte first round. Think about that.
If Len avgs 12/8 or something along those lines and is terp's defensive anchor, he could easily be a lottery pick. He's more athletic than melo, is 2 years younger and has a more developed offensive game. Melo's still got 25 pounds on him, but those also happen to be the rocks in his head.
One of the things Len will benefit from is having more beef in the post. With Shaq, Mitchell, and a bulkier Padge, Len will have help leaning on other big men in the league. I really think ideally you pair Len with Shaq. Give Shaq the duties of clearing the post and leaning on whatever chunk gets put out there. Len get freed up to clean up the longer rebound, drift out for a jumper, or pass to an open cutter. Being that tall he would easily see over any 4 another team would stick on him. The opposing 5 would have to stick to post duty covering Shaq.
What a seriously deadly combo those two make! Who do you double? If you leave Shaq to double to Len he just passes to Shaq for a dunk drill all game. If you double Shaq he passes out to Len for the open jumper! It is going to be a really fun season!
I still believe that 90% of his struggles last year were some combination of completely new culture/language and homesickness. He started out being too good to just be so up and down. There was something there.
Even when he missed FTs you could see a reaction of shock in his face, like he wasn't used to being such a poor FT shooter at all.
Maybe he just needed to discover that the darker the berry the sweeter the juice?
Working with Len with the objective of having him stay for another year would seem a major priority. .Aaron Jr. keeps saying winning a national title is his main objective in college. You'd think he'd choose Shaq, Len and Wells/Faust over whatever Cal is able to come up with. And we all know how powerful the rest of the team would be. Just vision the practices.
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