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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2013
With Alex Len headed to the NBA, how will the Terps replace their 7-1 center? The Len Replacement Committee will be convening shortly at Comcast Center. For someone who has been around the Maryland basketball program, this is not like replacing  Joe Smith after he was the No. 1 pick in the 1995 NBA draft. To tell you the truth, it's not like finding another Lonny Baxter after the Terps won the national championship in 2002. Both Smith (20.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.9 blocks)
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Sports Digest | July 14, 2014
Phoenix Suns center Alex Len (Maryland) fractured a finger on his right hand and will miss the remainder of the team's summer-league games. Len suffered the injury Saturday night against the Golden State Warriors when his pinky got stuck in an opponent's jersey. This is the second straight year Len has missed time during the summer league because of injury; he sat out last year while recovering from ankle surgeries. Len made only 42 appearances for the Suns as a rookie, averaging 8.6 minutes per game.
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By Jeff Barker | December 28, 2011
Here are notes on Maryland's 83-72 victory over Albany. Might this be the game where things  turn in the Terps' favor? The players keep saying that having 7-footer Alex Len (14 points, eight rebounds) in the lineup -- along with recently-returned point guard Pe'Shon Howard -- makes it feel like a new team. With Len on the low block, Maryland's work-in-progress offense more closely resembles a Gary Williams offense to me. Williams liked his offense to go inside-out -- beginning with passes in to the post.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
Maryland has pulled out of the Jimmy V Classic against Villanova on Dec. 8 because of "scheduling issues," according to a news release from ESPN. The Terps, who were replaced by Illinois, will take part in the event in 2016. Not playing Villanova takes a major opportunity at a Top 50 win off the table for the Terps, who are scheduled to play Virginia in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge at Comcast Center the week before and also have possible matchups against Iowa State and Arizona State at the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City.
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By Don Markus | January 19, 2012
It is the question Maryland basketball fans seem to be asking themselves. Heck, it's the question Mark Turgeon must be asking himself when he goes to sleep at night and gets up in the morning What has happened to Alex Len? The player who had Terps fans chanting "We love you Alex" during his impressive debut last month against Albany and then followed up with equally strong performances against Radford and Cornell has slowly disappeared in Maryland's four ACC games. Except for a few spurts on the offensive end against N.C. Stateand on the defensive end against Wake Forest and Georgia Tech, the 7-1 freshman from the Ukraine has looked out of sync.
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By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2013
Going into tomorrow night's game against Florida State at Comcast Center, two things seem clear about the 13-1 Maryland Terps: they have a terrific freshman class and they'll be fun to watch this season. I also think they'll be a real force in the ACC, which seems pretty ordinary once you get past - here's a shocker -- Duke. And if you like big-man play -- and I do -- no one will be more fun to watch than 7-foot-1 sophomore center Alex Len. If you haven't seen Len yet this season, know this: his game is light-years from what it was last year -- on both ends of the floor.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2013
What has been anticipated around the Maryland basketball program for months has become reality: sophomore Alex Len will forgo the last two years of his college career, a source with knowledge of the situation said Sunday night. Yahoo Sports first reported Sunday that the 7-1 center from Ukraine has put his name into the NBA draft. It is not known whether Len, who is expected to be a lottery pick, has hired an agent. Len, who averaged 11.9 points and 7.8 rebounds for the Terps last season, had until April 28 to put his name in the draft.
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May 10, 2013
Baltimore Sun reporter Don Markus and editor Matt Bracken weigh in on the three biggest topics of the past week in Maryland sports. Will Alex Len's injury impact his draft status? Don Markus: Len, who will be out four to six months after undergoing surgery to stabilize his left ankle, is definitely going to be a lottery pick in next month's NBA draft. Most mock drafts have the 7-1 center going anywhere from No. 5 to No. 11, but a lot will have to do with the outcome of the bouncing balls that determine the order of the lottery.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | November 3, 2011
Terps center Alex Len will play tomorrow night in an exhibition versus Northwood, coach Mark Turgeon said today. Maryland learned yesterday that the 7-footer from Ukraine can start practicing immediately and play after 10 games -- a result  Turgeon characterized as good news. Len must sit because of a previous stint with a club team overseas. "I'm thrilled to death with the decision," the coach said. "He can and he will play tomorrow. " Turgeon said Len became emotional -- "he teared up" -- when he learned of the NCAA panel's decision.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2013
So now comes the speculation about where Alex Len gets picked in the NBA draft and how good a player the Maryland center might be.   One possibility: The Oklahoma City Thunder, which has more than just its own pick in the first round. The Thunder has rights to Toronto's first-round pick this year unless that pick happens to be in the top three. The Raptors have the NBA's 10th-worst record. I know for a fact the Thunder has looked into Len. So, of course, have quite a few teams.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2014
Maryland basketball fans had been clamoring all throughout the team's disappointing 17-15 season for third-year coach Mark Turgeon to do a makeover of the roster before the program joined the Big Ten. On Tuesday, what seemed like pure mid-winter fantasy became reality when three players - junior guard Nick Faust (City), sophomore center Shaquille Cleare and freshman point guard Roddy Peters - were granted their release to transfer. The moves came as Turgeon also prepared for the departure of assistant coach Scott Spinelli, who is expected to be named to a similar position at Boston College later this week.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | April 7, 2014
Maryland's lack of any inside presence at both ends of the court was a large part of its disappointing 17-15 season. Trying to rectify that, the Terps have added Slovakian 7-footer Michal Cekovsky, who spent last season playing at a basketball academy in the Canary Islands. According to a source familiar with Maryland's recruiting, Cekovsky will be eligible to play in the 2014-15 season. "He can really, really play," the source said. Cekovsky will join a recruiting class that already includes 7-foot-1 Trayvon Reed, who moved from his home outside Atlanta to play his senior year at Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J. That class, led by McDonald's All-American Melo Trimble, is currently ranked 14th in the country by ESPN.com.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | April 3, 2014
You don't need to think too far back to remember Maryland's most recent games against Kentucky and Connecticut. The Terps opened the 2012-13 season with a loss to the Wildcats at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and returned a year later to lose their opener the Huskies. Maryland has actually faced each team in this year's Final Four since the turn of the century. Here's a closer look at the Terps' all-time series with each of this year's national semifinalists. MARYLAND vs. CONNECTICUT All-time series: Connecticut leads, 5-2 Most recent meeting (Nov.
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March 28, 2014
Baltimore Sun producer-editor Jonas Shaffer and  reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus weigh in on three topics from the past week in Maryland sports. Could the Terps have used former Temple forward and much-sought-after transfer target Anthony Lee, a Columbia native? Jonas Shaffer:   Yes, but so could just about every team in the nation . Not often do you find 6-foot-9 graduate transfers who average 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Even less often do you encounter said transfers who hail from right up the road and, more than that, offer a conceivably perfect crutch for a wobbly frontcourt.
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March 14, 2014
Baltimore Sun reporters Jeff Barker and Don Markus and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on three topics from the past week in Maryland sports. What has Maryland been most lacking this season in going 17-15? Jeff Barker:  A rim protector? Some semblance of luck? A few more road wins? Let's start with somebody to protect the basket when Maryland urgently needed a stop. How does the song go? “You're gonna miss me when I'm gone.” That's how center Alex Len might have felt in 2012-13.
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February 28, 2014
Baltimore Sun reporters Don Markus, Jeff Barker and producer-editor Jonas Shaffer weigh in on three topics from the past week in Maryland sports. Who's to blame for Maryland not winning close games, Mark Turgeon or his players? Don Markus:  After losing to No. 4 Syracuse on Monday night at Comcast Center, the Terps are now 3-5 overall this season in games decided by six points or less, including 1-3 in the ACC. That includes non-conference wins over Florida Atlantic (66-62)
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Kevin Cowherd | February 10, 2013
This one was ugly, an 80-69 beatdown at the hands of Virginia that made that patch of gray in Mark Turgeon's hair practically double in size. A few more losses like this and he'll need the Just for Men even more than I do. The big question for Maryland on Sunday was this: where was Alex Len? The big sophomore center finished with nine points, but four came in the last 1:18 when Comcast Center was emptying and the cleaning crew was getting the mops and brooms ready. OK, Len finished with seven boards and blocked a few shots.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2012
Maryland center Alex Len came off the bench Wednesday after being a starter in the previous eight games. Len was nursing a sore ankle. Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said Friday that the 7-footer may not start against Virginia Tech on Saturday, even though the ankle seems healed. "We brought him off the bench (against Duke). I'm pretty sure I'm going to do that again tomorrow and just see if that helps him relax," Turgeon said. As you can tell, that's not set in stone. Len picked up two quick fouls against the Blue Devils and his playing time was limited.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
Welcome to a second season of Morning Shootaround. We will follow the Terps throughout the 2013-14 season, but this year in this space we will provide a look ahead rather than looking back. We will try to analyze Maryland's strengths and weaknesses, as well as those of its upcoming opponent. We also hope to provide quotes and anecdotes from practices to give some idea of what Mark Turgeon and his team are doing. Here are a few things to look for as the Terps get ready to play Wake Forest Tuesday night.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
COLLEGE PARK - It was early in a Maryland-Wake Forest game last season and Devin Thomas and Alex Len seemed to be testing each other. Len, then Maryland's sophomore center, bumped with the Wake Forest power forward as the two looked to establish position. Thomas, then a freshman, raised a forearm that grazed Len's torso. It could have been an awkward situation for the Thomas family, watching from its Comcast Center seats. Bob Thomas and his wife, Tina Klotzbeecher-Thomas, are not only Devin's parents but also the parents of Alyssa Thomas, Maryland's women's basketball star . Any potential skirmish would pit their childrens' schools against each other.
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