NBA Position: Center
Hometown: Antratsit, Ukraine
High School: Dnipropetrovsk Higher Coll.
Draft Projection: Top 5
Poor Man’s = Blue
Comparable = Yellow
Exceeding = Red
Rating: 93 Player Rank: T-2nd Position Rank: T-1st
Above average passer for position, Confidence hasn’t wavered a bit considering how underutilized he was at Maryland(“I think maybe 10 years from now, I’ll be the best player out of this draft,”) Unlike most European born players entering the NBA, Len has experience playing in the States, Plays with Intensity. Does a pretty decent job of protecting the rim, and has the potential to progress even further defensively with added strength. Can hedge out on the pick & roll. Only 19 and very mature……Speaks English…., A plethora of triple threat face up moves(jab steps, fakes,) Has a good feel for opponent when back is to the basket, Can finish with either hand in the post…Knows where the basket is and can find the daylight. Jump shot works; Has shown the ability to knock down shots out to 20 feet. At 7-1, moves well and is willing to get up and down with above average speed. Played the final two weeks of the season with what he thought was simply a sprained left ankle; Turned out to be a stress fracture: Shows Toughness. Had his best games against top competition…Potential top 5 center and All-Star.
Like most young big men he needs to get stronger…Won’t take advantage of his size and take questionable shots at times. At best, only an average vertical athlete. Not a great offensive rebounder. Has above average speed for size, but sill moves like a big man. Didn’t demand the ball when many times it seemed he needed to. Has the Fluidity (at the center position) to be featured in a pick and pop situation, but does need to continue working on his 15-20 foot jump shot. Shot only 68% percent from the line. Having surgery to stabilize a partial stress fracture in his left ankle and will be out 4-6 months.
Height W/o Shoes: n/a
Body Fat: 6.4%
Hand Length: 9 in.
Hand Width: 10.75 in.
21.0 ppg 11.0 rpg 3.0 apg 2.5 bpg 80% ft
AT THE WORST…..
8.0 ppg 4.0 rpg 0.5 apg 0.5 bpg 60% ft