Jun 12

Buckner: Trail Blazers Meet With Alex Len

By caseyholdahl

Candace Buckner over at The Columbian tweeted out a wee bit of news during Game 3 of the NBA Finals. According to Buckner, the Trail Blazers met with one of the more intriguing center prospects in the 2013 Draft ...
Len averaged 11.9 points on 69 53 percent shooting while pulling down 7.8 rebounds and blocking 2.1 shots per game during his sophomore season at Maryland. He's not participating in pre-draft workouts after undergoing surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left ankle. According to reports, he won't be ready to return to full-contact work for at least a few months.

The interesting thing about Len meeting with the Trail Blazers in Portland is that he's projected by most every draft expert to be long gone by time the tenth pick comes around. Case in point:'s Chad Ford wrote today that Len, who Ford lists as No. 5 on his draft "big board," is "seriously in the mix with the Cavs for the No. 1 pick." Both DraftExpress and Sports Illustrated have his going to Charlotte with the No. 4 pick

Now, it's a lot easier to get a guy into your building when he's not participating in workouts, but you wouldn't figure Len would take the trip all the way out to Portland unless their was some chance he'd either fall to No. 10 or Portland would move up via trade to select him. Also worth noting that we don't know if team owner Paul Allen attended the meeting last weekend with Len, but he was in town on Friday to meet with another big man prospect, Indiana's Cody Zeller.

Who knows, maybe this is just both parties doing their due diligence, but teams and players expected to be taken near the top of the draft tend to be rather selective with how their use their time in the run-up to the draft.


  1. Try 53% shooting. If he had shot 69% he'd be a lock for the #1 pick.

    by MadBlaze on 6/12/2013 3:44 PM
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