By Jeff Goodman
Maryland's Mark Turgeon won't have talented Ukrainian 7-footer Alex Len for the first 10 games.
That's the penalty imposed by the NCAA on Wednesday afternoon due to the amateurism rules. Len played on a pro club team overseas.
On the surface, it appears as though it's a crushing blow for Turgeon and the Terps.
But let's face it: Maryland is unlikely an NCAA tournament team this season - with or without Len for 10 contests.
This is a program that will take time to get back to national prominence - and Len, according to several who have seen him, could be a major factor in the resurgence.
“Alex has been working very hard to prepare himself for this opportunity,” Turgeon said in a statement. “We look forward to having him on the court and to see how he’ll fit into what we want to do offensively and defensively.”
The Terps, who will also be without guard Pe'Shon Howard for the first month or so of the season, are in need of talent on the frontline and while they will be thin for the first 10 games, the positive is that Len will be allowed to practice with the team.