Is Alex Len Really Going To Be Picked #1?

I feel compelled to address the groundswell of news reports that Alex Len is about to be drafted #1 by the Cleveland Cavaliers this week.  While on one hand, getting picked #1 is great for Alex personally and a great advertisement for the program; I'm troubled.  Here how I see it playing out:

1.  He's not ready to contribute and Cleveland Stinks.  Maryland's subpar PG play aside, there were many moments during the season where Alex caught the ball on the low block and either lacked the court vision to pass out of the double team or had no confidence in his back-to-the-basket move.  He's only 20 years old and simply has developed those facets of his game yet.  Cleveland will be looking for someone who is ready to contribute and Alex will be limited given his lack of a rounded out skill set.

2.  It will likely take a few years for Len to develop these skills.  By that time, his rookie contract will have run out and he'll have contributed precious little to the Cavaliers.  Len will be labeled a bust and shipped out of town for $.50 on the dollar.  As a number 1 pick, there is simply too much pressure for Len to have a realistic chance to succeed.  The expectations will be impossibly high.

3.  Maryland will then have three top two picks (Joe Smith, Steve Francis, and Alex Len) who underwhelmed in the NBA.  It's hard enough to recruit and track record like that does not help.

Author: Jeremy | 6/24/2013 2:04:03 PM | Tags: alex len, nba draft |

Bye Bye Alex Len

In a move the surprises absolutely no one, Alex Len is going declare himself eligible for the NBA Draft.  We've known this was going to happen back in November.  He will leave a large hole to fill, but Chuck Mitchell and Shaq Cleare are up to the challenge. I wish Alex the best although I'd be surprised if he sees the court much over t [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 4/14/2013 9:41:20 PM | Tags: alex len, nba draft |

Terrell Stoglin Leaves Maryland

It's a bombshell, and seemingly out of leftfield; but it's true.  Terrell Stoglin is leaving the University of Maryland after two seasons.  Apparently, he never bought into Turgeon's system and the coach's view for their future together. The result is that Stoglin has been encouraged to leave the program.  It's shocking, but Mark [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 4/30/2012 8:23:22 AM | Tags: terrell stoglin, mark turgeon, nba draft |

From Caracas to Memphis by way of College Park: Greivis Vasquez

There is not much to add other than a hearty congratulations to the reigning ACC Player of the Year, Greivis Vasquez.  Memphis fans (do they exist?) will grow to love the General just as we have.My passion for the NBA has waned over the years, but I will always root for Greivis. Always. [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 6/24/2010 7:14:06 PM | Tags: nba draft, greivis vasquez |

Greivis Vasquez is starting to generate some NBA draft buzz

It's good to be back Soupers. After missing the second half of last semester due to academic reasons that can't be disclosed due to my status as an amateur, then traveling through Europe for a month, I have returned. I'll be around for the foreseeable future, entering my final year at Maryland.I'll pick up where I left off last time: basketball. Gr [...] Read More »

Author: Ethan | 6/21/2010 4:10:56 PM | Tags: greivis vasquez, basketball, nba draft |

Is Eric Hayes Going To Get Drafted?

OK, I'll admit it.  I'm friends with Eric Hayes on Facebook.  I've never said a word to the kid and I'm sure he has no idea who I am.  Nevertheless, being "friends" with him has given me some insight into what Eric has been up to lately.Eric spent the month of May studying really hard for Finals and preparing for graduation.  While his dedication t [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 6/2/2010 5:47:56 PM | Tags: eric hayes, nba draft |

BREAKING NEWS: Greivis Vasquez to Return to College Park

Hey folks.  Great news. It's not exactly the lead of the story, but it is right there in the second paragraph for all to see.  Greivis Vasquez has apparently announced his intent to return to school for his senior year.  I don't see any qu0tes from him or Gary Williams; but I wanted to get this up as soon as possible. As I have more info, I w [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 6/15/2009 12:13:01 PM | Tags: greivis vasquez, nba draft |
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