COLLEGE PARK – It has only been a little more than year since Alex Len left the University of Maryland campus to pursue his destiny of becoming an NBA player.
Len fulfilled his dream after being selected fifth-overall by the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the 2013-2014 draft. However, he faced adversity during his rookie season as he battled through several injuries.
Len only managed to play in 42 regular season games. During that span, he started three games and shot less than 50 percent from the floor.
The Suns have announced Len will miss the remainder of the summer league after suffering yet another untimely injury due to a fracture on the fifth finger of his right hand.
In his lone summer league appearance this season against the Warriors on July 12, Len scored six points, pulled down six rebounds and had two blocks in 25 minutes of play.
Len averaged only two points and 2.4 rebounds per game during his rookie campaign with the Suns.
Nevertheless, the Honorable Mention 2012-2013 All-ACC member of the All-ACC defensive team was the highest Maryland draft pick since Steve Francis was drafted second overall in 1999.
During the offseason Len put on 10 lbs. of muscle to his frame and Phoenix looks for a posture change instead of a sophomore slump as he attempts to finish a full regular season injury-free. The team has no doubt that Len has all of the intangibles to be successful in this league.
“That's why I came to Maryland,” said his former Head Coach at the University of Maryland Mark Turgeon. “To coach guys like Alex. He wasn't the first kid to commit to us, but he was the first player to commit to us that played for us - if that makes sense. For him to be a lottery pick a year later says a lot about him, says a lot about how lucky we were to get him and also our program and our staff.”