Here’s Alex Len pressing buttons on a giant board

The Maryland women’s lacrosse team was taking a water break during Wednesday’s practice when Alex Len hobbled into the bricked building behind the turf field. He’s still wearing a walking boot, protecting his surgically repaired left foot from the partial stress fracture that will sideline him through the summer.

Len is keeping plenty busy these days anyhow. After finishing Chicago’s NBA draft combine and a schedule jammed with interviews, Len recently took the next step in his recovery, returning to the weight room and court for limited workouts. He’s maintaining upper-body and core strength while strengthening his healthy right leg, and can do individual basketball drills — shooting, ballhandling, etc. — while either seated or kneeling, he said.

Supervised by basketball strength coach Kyle Tarp and lacrosse strength coach Mike Szemborski, Len also worked out on a nifty vision training machine, installed inside the women’s lacrosse/field hockey building.

(Photo by Alex Prewitt/The Washington Post)

The buttons glow red at random as Len stares into the center frame, honing his peripheral vision by smacking them as they light up.

In the weeks leading up to the NBA draft on June 27 in Brooklyn, Len said he’ll continue training, injury permitting, and will interview with several lottery teams, either traveling there or hosting them in College Park.

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at



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Alex Prewitt · May 22, 2013