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Maryland official: Alex Len not yet cleared by NCAA

A Maryland athletics spokesman told The Post’s Liz Clarke on Wednesday afternoon that Ukrainian center Alex Len has not yet been cleared to practice or play by the NCAA.

Citing two unnamed sources, The Baltimore Sun reported Wednesday that Len “is expected to be approved to practice by an NCAA clearinghouse and may be at Maryland's practice as soon as today.”

If Len’s eligibility is denied by the NCAA, Maryland can appeal the decision. Once an appeal is filed, Len can resume practicing with the team but cannot compete in games.

Len, a 7-foot-1 center whose presence will be crucial to the shorthanded Terrapins’ front-court hopes this season, was able to work out with Maryland for 45 days while his eligibility was reviewed by the NCAA. That 45-day window has closed, however, and Len has not been able to practice with the team while the NCAA works to determine his eligibility.

Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon will have a media availability on Thursday afternoon.

After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.


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