Anyone who has determined that Maryland big man Alex Len was more hoopla than hoops a season ago and has low expectations may want to quickly re-evaluate. He could be on the brink of exploding.
The 7-foot-2 Ukrainian is light years ahead of where he was this time last November. His coach, Mark Turgeon, says Len is a completely different player.
Len is a different person, too.
Hamstrung by not being able to participate in team activities through the first 10 games of last season -- courtesy of an NCAA ruling regarding his relationship with a pro team in the Ukraine -- Len finally got on the court only weeks before ACC play began.
He struggled with the physical nature of the American game, but had greater issues simply trying to communicate. One can only imagine being 18 years old, in a strange land with a vastly different culture, and for some reason 17,000 screaming people watch your team play every night. Furthermore, unable to speak basic English made life in College Park a lon...