Bleacher Report did a report on Dark Horse Candidates for the #1 pick, and our own Lensanity made the list (as expected)
Alex Len, Maryland, C, Sophomore, 7'1'', 255 pounds
Player Comparison: Jonas Valanciunas
Notable Stats: 12.8 points per game, 8.1 rebounds per game, 1.9 blocks per game, 53.6 percent shooting
The Charlotte Bobcats and the Washington Wizards would be the two most likely to reach for Alex Len. Both lack any offensive promise at the center position, so they could use this draft to steal a long-term 7'1'' scorer.
On the surface, Alex Len may not look like a No. 1 overall prospect, but future upside might outweigh his current skill set.
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At 7'1'' with a monstrous wingspan, you don't need an analyst to tell you that his ceiling is high, both literally and figuratively. You won't find many players who can contest his shot at the rim, which means if he starts getting them off consistently, he would become a dangerous offensive weapon.
He's got a developing post game, with the ability to turn over either shoulder or square up and face the hoop. Len is a lot more effective with room to operate, which he should have at the next level thanks to better surrounding shooters and a deeper three-point line.
On the other side of the ball, he's capable of eating space in the paint and thoroughly protecting the basket. Just by standing still with his hands up, Len is posing as a roadblock for penetrating guards.
Compared to Cody Zeller, he's less polished and more physical. But while you can improve an offensive skill set over time, it's tough to change the makeup of a finesse scorer like Zeller.
Len's stock soared after putting up 23 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks against Nerlens Noel opening night. Check out the highlights that boosted Len's draft status:
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