Former University of Maryland center Alex Len declared for the NBA Draft figuring he’d be a lottery pick and that the decision was a no brainer.
Len may be second guessing his decision now after receiving some tough news. CSN Washington is reporting that Len underwent ankle surgery to stabilize a partial stress fracture in his left ankle, and will be out 4-6 months.
Len who was projected as a potential lottery pick. The surgery was performed by Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“This was a preventative measure to stabilize a partial stress fracture of the ankle,” said Dr. Anderson in a statement released by Len’s agent Len’s agent Michael Lelchitski with Sports International Group. “Although it is possible that this injury could have healed on its own, surgery was felt to be the safest and surest option to ensuring a long and successful NBA career for Alex. His prognosis is excellent, and I anticipate he’ll make a full return to basketball within the next few months.”
The 7-foot-1 sophomore averaged 11.9 points, a team-high 7.8 rebounds and led the ACC with 78 blocks.
Len himself has a positive outlook on the situation.
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I decided that surgery was the best long term option for my career,” Len said. “I didn’t want to risk it not healing properly. I want to make sure I’m fully healthy and ready for training camp.”