Monday April 15th, 2013

Maryland's Alex Len has declared for the draft. (Jason Szenes/Getty Images) Maryland's Alex Len has declared for the draft. (Jason Szenes/Getty Images)

Maryland sophomore center Alex Len declared for the NBA draft on Monday.

"I'm very grateful for the two years I've spent at Maryland and for everyone that has supported me during my time here," Len said in a prepared statement. "I've grown a lot, both on the court and off the court, over the past two years and I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life."

SI.com’s Chris Mannix has Len ranked No. 10 on his latest Big Board.

Len submitted back-to-back strong performances in Maryland's last two games of the NIT, scoring 15 points (on 6-of-9 shooting) and collecting 13 rebounds in a win over Alabama and posting 16 points and nine rebounds in a loss to Iowa. Len isn't especially efficient offensively -- as analyzed here -- but he's a solid rebounder and defender who draws contact in the post, qualities teams really like.

Len, 19, averaged 11.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks for the Terrapins, who did not qualify for the NCAA tournament but advanced to the NIT semifinals, where they lost to Iowa. Len shot 53.4 percent from the field for the season and was named honorable mention All-ACC. A native of the Ukraine, Len is listed at 7-foot-1 and 225 pounds. He ranks No. 11 on DraftExpress.com’s top 100 and No. 8 on Chad Ford’s top 100 at ESPN Insider.

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