By Brendan Darr

A release from the University of Maryland confirms that Ukrainian Center Alex Len will miss the first 10 games of the season for the University of Maryland, but is able to practice with the team.  A situation similar to last year with Kentucky and Enes Kanter, although it broke in favor of the school and player this time around.

Len will be eligible to return December 28th against Albany at home.  Len will miss games against #17 Alabama (he’ll miss the Puerto Rico Tip-Off meaning he’ll also miss potential games against Colorado/Wichita State and a team from the other side of the bracket), Notre Dame and Illinois.

It also isn’t clear at this time if Maryland is appealing the decision.  If they succeed in appealing that could help Len and the Terps even more.  As it stands now, Len will only have three games to get acclimated to the college game before ACC play tips off with a game at NC State on January 8th.

Len will immediately provide depth for a team short on scholarship players at the moment.  Len could see major minutes as soon as he is eligible, depending on how the trio of James Padgett, Berend Weijs and Ashton Pankey are able to hold up in the early part of the season.

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