Based on Wednesday’s 83-72 victory over Albany, Maryland freshman Alex Len is adjusting quite well to American basketball. A 14-point, eight-rebound night certainly backs that up.
One thing that might take a little getting used to for the Ukrainian is the goaltending rules on this side of the pond, which are substantially more stringent than in Europe.
Len was tagged with both an offensive and defensive goaltending violation in the first half, which drew some sympathy from fellow big Berend Weijs.
“I know how he feels because when I just got to my junior college, as soon as the ball rolled on the rim, I was tipping it off and they were like ‘You can’t do that,’” said Weijs, a native of the Netherlands. “I think he had a violation for the free throw line, and in Europe you can basically step in a little earlier. It’s just a little different. He’ll get used to it and we just keep telling him not to do it and hope one day he doesn’t.”
—- Patrick Stevens