Terps' Alex Len to enter NBA draft

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland sophomore center Alex Len has decided to enter the NBA draft.

After an uneven freshman season with the Terrapins, the 7-foot-1 player averaged 11.9 points and 7.8 rebounds in 2012-13. He led the Atlantic Coast Conference with 78 blocked shots.

The Ukraine native is the 12th-best draft prospect, according to ESPN.com's Chad Ford.

Len says he's "grown a lot over the past two years" and is "looking forward to the next chapter of my life."

Coach Mark Turgeon says he's proud of what Len has accomplished, and the center has "earned" the opportunity to play in the NBA.

Len averaged 9.7 points and seven rebounds over his two seasons at Maryland. He started 48 games, including 37 this season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.