HoopsHype Alex Len rumors

June 25, 2013 Updates
June 24, 2013 Updates

Alexander Chernykh: Alex Len doesn't have a guarantee from any team - his agent Michael Lelchitski told R-Sport Twitter

But no more certain is the second choice, who was thought to be Kansas’ shooting guard Ben McLemore, but now may be Indiana’s Victor Oladipo or Georgetown’s Otto Porter. Or it could be Maryland’s 7-foot-1 center Alex Len — except that Len could be the No. 1 choice. “I haven’t seen that in a long, long time,” Blake said of the uncertainty surrounding not only the top pick, but the unknowns that will pepper the entire first round. “I need to go back, but it’s very rare that the top draft pick has been traded. That could happen this year.” Bergen Record

June 23, 2013 Updates

Alex Kennedy: Alex Len to Cleveland has legs. Cavs are considering him at No. 1. Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Vitaly Potapenko among others are pushing for Len. Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

How do you feel about not being able to work out for the teams? Alex Len: Yeah, I was just feeling frustrated that I couldn't work out and I couldn't compete with the other guys. I'm just trying to be focused on improving from my injury, doing rehab... Just continue to work hard and get better. HoopsHype

How has been the experience the past few weeks – all these interviews with the NBA executives, going to the draft combine, etcetera? Alex Len: It has been a lot of fun. The last 2-3 weeks I've been traveling a lot and although I didn't work out because of the injury I've been able to do interviews with different teams. I met a lot of good people and kind of got a feel of the teams. Having gone throught that, when I get drafted the first year is going to be easier. HoopsHype

June 20, 2013 Updates

Next week, Len said he won’t be thinking about competing in All-Star games or championships. He just wants to enjoy the moment of being drafted into the NBA. His mother and sister flew in from Ukraine and will attend the draft. Len’s almost finished visiting teams, and he’s finally ditched those pesky crutches. Len’s reality is setting in: He’s going to be an NBA player. “Are you kidding? I’m very excited,” Len said. “It’s like I have been chasing this dream since I was 13.” Diamondback Online

June 19, 2013 Updates
June 18, 2013 Updates

So here’s Maryland center Alex Len’s sales pitch to be a top pick in the June 27 NBA draft: “I’m 7-1, 7-2 with shoes, I’m pretty agile and I can step out on the floor and shoot. That makes me a little different.’’ Then Len, who’s from the Ukraine, noted how often he’s compared to Zydrunas Ilgauskas, the Cleveland Cavaliers center who played in the NBA from 1997 through 2011. Ilgauskas, also an Eastern European, is a good analogy: A guy with true-center size who could shoot well enough to place defenders in predicaments. Ilgauskas scored nearly 11,000 career points, and if Len does that he’d be well worth the Bobcats’ No. 4 pick. Charlotte Observer

The deadline to withdraw for the NBA draft has now passed. The biggest name to exit was Dario Saric, the Croatian forward who was rumored to be a possible lottery pick. Aside from a few names pulling out, the draft is now set. According to sources, the Cleveland Cavaliers – if the draft were held today – would select Alex Len with the top pick. The Cavs believe he is the best fit longterm alongside Kyrie Irving. SheridanHoops

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