Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
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Mark Turgeon’s near-term prospects as the head coach at Maryland — as well as the order of the 2012 NBA Draft — could hang on what the NCAA decides about a 7-foot-1, 225-pound man from the Ukraine.
Olexiy “Alex” Len enrolled at Maryland in August and then made an impressive 10-minute appearance during Maryland’s March Madness Oct. 14.
But at midnight that night, his 45-day window for practicing with the team expired and he is now waiting for the NCAA to rule on his eligibility to play this season for the Terrapins.
“With Alex Len, the NCAA continues to work with the university but no decision has been reached,” NCAA spokesman Chris Radford said Friday by email. “The primary issue relates to his amateurism certification.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.