By Ryan Hood
The Baltimore Sun
2:15 PM EDT, June 19, 2013
Alex Len sat down with ESPN’s Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons for a mock job interview as part of Grantland’s The Full NBA Job Interview series.
The 11-minute interview covered numerous topics, from Len’s roots in gymnastics, his transition to America from Ukraine, Ukrainian women and his first potential purchase with an NBA contract
The trio also analyzed some game film of the former Maryland star. Simmons likened Len to Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert in terms of ability when he came out of Georgetown.
Len says he’s done his research on Hibbert.
“He’s really talented and coming out of college, he was more of a defensive player, but I think he worked really hard," Len said. "Rght now there’s not a lot of players like him who plays on the block and who have his skillset."
Len showed up to the interview on crutches. The Ukraine native played through a stress fracture in his foot for the final month of last season that will sideline him the next 4-to-6 months.
What would Len say to potentially skeptical members of the fan base whose team drafts him?
“I’m trying to be proactive with this injury,” Len said. “I’m going to work hard to come back as fast as I can and to be better than I was before.
“When I get healthy I think I can contribute to the teams.”
Len improved on the court in College Park. He improved off it, too, having increased his proficiency with the English language.
“It was tough, really tough,” Len said. “I had challenges not just on the court, but also off the court. To go in the movie theatre, I couldn’t order food, I didn’t know how to do it so I had to point with my fingers.”
ESPN’S Chad Ford projected Len to the New Orleans Hornets with the sixth overall in his latest mock draft, which was released yesterday.
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