Maryland center Alex Len came off the bench Wednesday after being a starter in the previous eight games. Len was nursing a sore ankle.
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said Friday that the 7-footer may not start against Virginia Tech on Saturday, even though the ankle seems healed.
"We brought him off the bench (against Duke). I’m pretty sure I’m going to do that again tomorrow and just see if that helps him relax," Turgeon said. As you can tell, that's not set in stone.
Len picked up two quick fouls against the Blue Devils and his playing time was limited.
"I thought his technique was pretty good on the first foul. I thought his second one was clean," Turgeon said.
"He has been fouling too much. I think it’s anxiousness and nerves," the coach said.
Len scored in double figures in his first four games and regularly got to the foul line. He scored five points in his fifth game, against Wake Forest. But then he seemed to fade. He went scoreless against Georgia Tech on just three shots and had three points on 1-for-2 shooting against Florida State. He twisted his ankle in the next game against Temple.
It's clear that Len is still learning the game. I don't sense that Turgeon is any less excited about Len's potential than he was earlier in the season. It's just, as they say, a "process."