http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketb...n=ncaab-wp4591How good is Marylandís mysterious new Ukrainian 7-footer?
Since Maryland announced the late addition of 7-foot-1 center Olexiy Len on Monday, there has been breathless speculation regarding the potential impact the mysterious Ukrainian big man can make next season.
One report quoted an anonymous coach who called Len "a lottery pick" and "the best recruit in America." Another raved about the "off the charts" athleticism displayed by Len at the U-18 European Championships last year.
In an effort to gauge whether the hype for Len is legitimate or not, Yahoo! Sports reached out to an Eastern Conference front office executive who is familiar with the Ukrainian 7-footer's game. The executive described Len as an unconventional center with impressive athleticism and leaping ability, but when asked about the idea of him as a sure-fire lottery pick, he bluntly responded, "Hell no."
"He's an athlete, a big-time athlete," the executive said. "Think of Tyson Chandler when he was young, that kind of skinny, athletic body. He'll do some crazy stuff: Reverse dunking, behind the back dribbling. He has athletic ability that you don't see [from a] Euro Ukrainian, who are usually blessed with a lack of verticality. I don't know that he's a really good basketball player yet, but he's a pogo-stick right now. Down the road, he has a chance to be very good."
If indeed Maryland has added a big man who's still very raw but has the potential to play at an all-conference level in a couple years, that should qualify as mostly good news for the Terrapins.
Yes, Len may not solve all of Maryland's frontcourt woes caused by the early departure of Jordan Williams this past spring, but the Terrapins weren't likely to contend in the ACC this season anyway. Instead, Len will receive ample playing time this winter in hopes that he'll be an impact big man in a year or two when Maryland's young backcourt has matured and coach Mark Turgeon's first recruiting classes have arrived.
Last edited by BRAVEONAWARPATH; September-3rd-2011 at 06:44 AM.
if all they ask is for him to focus on defense and eat up fouls in year one while getting heavier. That's fine.
Supposed to be a damn washout tomorrow night for the game
P21howard Pe'Shon Howard
I think with our new staff they do a great job recruiting and the upcoming year we will have a top 3 recruiting class and top 5 after thatRT @ChadIsRad79: @P21howard top 3? Are you gonna make a predictions on who rounds out the class?<<im pretty sure but cant tell ull love themStogs was also seen with Layman last night at a party that eventually got busted lolP21howard Pe'Shon Howard
RT @ChadIsRad79: @P21howard i'm gonna say mcgary, Jefferson, and white. Make that happen.<< might be more than that dont be surprised
is it really suppose to rain tmrw? geez!
Can we please bring Don Brown back as defensive coordinator?
Last edited by BRAVEONAWARPATH; September-5th-2011 at 09:02 PM.
The defense has lookked awful as has the red zone offense
If O'Brien has just run it in on his INT this game would be so different. Missed FG, dropped TD....Maryland is giving Miami too many chances.
back from the game. man this redzone offense is horrible. what was it? 6 possessions for 19 points
Layman will commit, MD visit blew him away.
Layman just committed
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