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Turgeon calls out his prized 7-footer

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08:20 AM ET 02.01 | Already considered an NBA prospect, Alex Len's stock soared after a 23-point, 12-rebound season opener against Kentucky. His stock rose further as scouts drooled over his athleticism and touch, filling seats on press row at Comcast Center to catch a glimpse of the next big European import. ... But after Maryland's 73-71 loss to Florida State, when foul trouble limited Len to 17 minutes (tying his season low), [coach Mark Turgeon] seemed far more somber about his sophomore center than he's ever been this season. "Everybody says he's one of our best [players]. I keep reading about it," Turgeon said. ... "But we were just begging Alex: 'You've got to give us something, you have to play better. If you play better, we're going to win game.' And he didn't."

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February 1, 2013  08:32 AM ET

Whiffs for 300, Alex.

February 1, 2013  10:26 AM ET

" If you play better, we???re going to win game."

OK coach, Mongo do better.

February 1, 2013  10:28 AM ET

Perhaps he's trying to tell his "kid" not to let the reports go to his head, and that he has to play every game 100%. I have no problem with bringing these players down to earth....they will have plenty of time to stroke their own egos in the NBA, which is about all they do there...

February 1, 2013  02:48 PM ET

Len needs to stay in school one more year after this season. Scouts may drool over his size and skillset but as of right now, he is still prone to disappearing during long stretches of the game. He also needs to add some bulk or he will just get pushed around in the NBA defensively, an important point because he has the tools to become a capable defender. He may be a projected lottery pick this year but if he continues his improvement and dominates next year, he can actually move into the top 3.

February 2, 2013  04:32 AM ET

The majority of players who come out early are regulated to journeyman status within three years after entering the draft.....look at Michael Beasley.....he had the talent, he had the tools, but he chose to listen to his "advisers" and his career has been (being kind) serviceable... so many players come out early without any knowledge as to how the game of basketball is played...raw talent will only take you so far....

February 3, 2013  07:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Len needs to stay in school one more year after this season. Scouts may drool over his size and skillset but as of right now, he is still prone to disappearing during long stretches of the game. He also needs to add some bulk or he will just get pushed around in the NBA defensively, an important point because he has the tools to become a capable defender. He may be a projected lottery pick this year but if he continues his improvement and dominates next year, he can actually move into the top 3.

blah- Valid points but I bet he takes the $$$ and run. I don't blame him. Turgeon needed to ride him a bit, but the Terps are suspect on O.

 
February 8, 2013  10:03 AM ET

NCAA Basketball has hit an all-time low. Way too many one-and-dones have ruined the quality of play. Read more at: http://the-nba-insider.blogspot.com/2012/04/ncaa-basketball-ratings-hit-al l-time-low.html

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