Analysts talking up Len's upside

Analysts talking up Len's upside
May 13, 2013, 12:45 pm
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Admittedly the NBA Draft related posts have been Alex Len-heavy lately. Between the surgery on his left ankle that will keep the 7-foot-1 center out 4-6 months and the projections sending the Terps dunking big man to the Wizards, well, there has been stuff. 

Here's some more, via the NBA draft online draft team at ESPN. Various folks chimed on various topics including which member of the 2013 class has the most upside. Two of five writers analysts said...Len, including Fran Fraschilla, who previously made a case for Len over Kentucky center Nerlens Noel

He has a chance to be a starting center in the NBA for the next decade. In this draft, that makes him a commodity, although the team that drafts him will have to wait for a stress fracture in Len's leg to heal over the summer. At 7-foot-1, 250 pounds and still filling out, Len is a former gymnast possessing terrific agility for his size and runs well. He is only scratching the surface.

Inconsistent play dotted Len's sophomore season in part because Maryland struggled finding a steady point guard, which is a point another analyst stated as why "Len probably has been undervalued thanks to the subpar guard play at Maryland. He brings an excellent combination of size and feel, and will be just 20 on draft day. He needs to improve lower-body strength, which will help him on the defensive boards."

Kansas wing guard Ben McLemore also received two mentions with Noel picking up one endorsement.

Talking upside is the not the same as claiming someone is the best player - which two of the five analysts did with Georgetown's Otto Porter - but countless time drafts have been altered when teams select based on potential. There are seemingly more and more talking about Len's high ceiling then during the second half of the college basketball season. Since Len cannot participate in pre-draft workouts because of the injury, all there can be is talk. Maybe that's not such a bad thing.