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Buckner: Maryland C Alex Len Discusses Meeting With Blazers

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Maryland center Alex Len discusses his meeting with the Portland Trail Blazers earlier this month in advance of the 2013 NBA Draft.

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Candace Buckner of The Columbian has an exchange with Maryland center Alex Len, who met with the Portland Trail Blazers earlier this month in advance of the 2013 NBA Draft.

Alex Len, the 7-foot-1 center from Maryland with ever-increasing stock, met with Blazers general manger Neil Olshey, head coach Terry Stotts and several team scouts over the June 8th weekend. The Ukrainian-born Len declared for the Draft after his sophomore season in which he averaged 11.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game and has climbed atop the DraftExpress.com board as the No.1-rated center. Amazingly, Len has done all this heavy lifting without showcasing a single post move this summer. Len is currently rehabilitating in Maryland from an April surgical procedure that repaired a partial stress fracture in his left ankle.

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"It was a great organization and a great place to work at," Len stated in an e-mail. "They show that they can develop players really (fast). They also show that they know how to work with young players (they have the rookie of the year on their team)."

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"I feel as though I have so much more to offer," Len expressed. "I have only been here for two years and I have proven that I want to get better as the years go on. So I think I am only scratching the surface as to how far I can go. The sky is the limit!!!!"

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