Here are snippets from Maryland men's basketball media day:
*The mystery man, Alex Len, sat in a red folding chair at midcourt but was not interviewed by the media. He wore No. 25. Maryland decided not to overwhelm him by asking him to conduct reporter interviews. He's still learning the language.
The media did ask him to stand up. We reporters are not generally shy about such things. When he did, he was legitimately two to three inches taller than Berend Weijs, who is listed as 6-10. Which means he may be as tall as the program says -- 7-foot-1.
More on Len:
Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said a preliminary decision in expected Friday by an NCAA clearinghouse on Len's status. Then Maryland may have to wait another week or so to learn whether Len is aproved to play right at the start of the season.
Maryland appears to have high expectations for Len, but Turgeon said today it may take time for the player to acclimate to the college game. "I don't know when the light bulb will come on," the coach said.
*Turgeon said of 6-9 forward Ashton Pankey, who missed nearly all of last season with a stress fracture: "From what I've seen, he's by far our best rebounder."
*Players say Len has been blocking many shots in limited preseason practices. "Got one of mine," said guard Pe'Shon Howard, rolling his eyes.
*Turgeon had senior Sean Mosley address players at the first team meeting. The coach wants and needs Mosley to be a leader. "I need Sean to step up and be more of a scorer," Turgeon said.
*But it's almost the opposite with Terrell Stoglin. Turgeon wants the sophomore guard to score, but wants him to develop more of a complete game.