Former Terps center Alex Len has surgery for partial stress fracture
By JEFF BARKER
The Baltimore Sun|
May 03, 2013 | 3:44 PM
Departing Maryland center Alex Len underwent surgery for a partial stress fracture in his left ankle that was diagnosed after he declared for the NBA draft, according to his agent.
The injury -- and subsequent surgery performed by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. -- will complicate NBA teams' efforts to evaluate the 7-footer before the June 27 draft.
The surgery "will keep Len out of basketball for four-to-six months, and the player will miss activities leading up to the draft," said a release by Sports International Group Inc., of Gaithersburg.
"The tough part about Alex's injury is the timing," Len's agent Michael Lelchitski, said in a written statement.
"Everyone who knows Alex knows that he would have been incredible in the pre-draft workout setting. However, Alex is one of the elite prospects with arguably the biggest upside of anyone in the draft. The most important thing is his long-term health."
Among the teams that had expressed interest in Len were the Oklahoma City Thunder. Besides its own pick, the Thunder has rights to Toronto's first-round pick this year unless that pick happens to be in the top three.