Maryland announced Wednesday that Ukrainian center Alex Len has been cleared to practice by the NCAA but must miss 10 games, based on NCAA rules governing amateurism.
“We appreciate the NCAA’s cooperative review of Alex’s case,” Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson said in a statement. “However, it has been a difficult situation in light of Alex’s educational pursuits. Alex and his family have been very patient and honest throughout this process, which speaks well of his character.”
A Maryland spokesman said no decision has been made about whether the athletic department would appeal the NCAA’s decision.
Said first-year Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon: “Alex has been working very hard to prepare himself for this opportunity. We look forward to having him on the court and to see how he’ll fit into what we want to do offensively and defensively.”
Len, a 7-foot-1 center, signed with Maryland in August, thus beginning a 45-day window in which he could work out with the team while the NCAA reviewed his case. That window ended in the middle of last month, and he hasn’t practiced with the team since.
Len will be able to play Dec. 28 vs. Albany. Friday’s exhibition game against Northwood will not count toward the 10 games, a Maryland spokesman said.
Len gives the Terrapins eight healthy scholarship players. Maryland announced last week that point guard Pe’Shon Howard would miss 10 to 12 weeks with a broken bone in his foot.