Brett LoGiurato
Friday August 30th, 2013

Alex Len signed a contract with the Suns on Thursday. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images) Alex Len signed a contract with the Suns on Thursday. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/Getty Images)

The Phoenix Suns have signed first-round pick Alex Len to a contract, the team said Thursday.

The 7-foot-1 Len, who was the fifth overall pick in the draft, entered the draft after playing two seasons at Maryland. Before attending Maryland, he came to the United States from his native Ukraine.

He's seen as having enormous potential, especially after making strides in his second season at Maryland. Last season, he averaged 11.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game with the Terrapins.

Len does come with some injury concerns. In July, he underwent ankle surgery for the second time in two months.

“As a precautionary measure, our medical staff determined that it would be prudent to perform surgery on Alex Len’s right ankle at this time,” Suns president Lon Babby said in a statement at the time. “That surgery was successfully completed this morning. As part of a routine evaluation, our medical team identified the very beginnings of a stress fracture in Alex’s right ankle even though Alex was entirely asymptomatic.”

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide - from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Seth Davis, and more - delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.