CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 18: Head coach Mark Turgeon of the Texas A&M Aggies reacts in the first half of the game against the Florida State Seminoles during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the United Center on March 18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Alex Len Suspended 10 Games For Violating NCAA's Amateur Status, But Is Ruled Eligible

Alex Len will play for Maryland this season, but only after serving a 10-game suspension for violating the NCAA's amateur rules, the school announced.

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Maryland Basketball Will Not Appeal Alex Len's Suspension, Mark Turgeon Says

Despite having a lack of depth and just seven other healthy scholarship players, Maryland basketball will not be appealing the NCAA's 10-game suspension for incoming recruit Alex Len, according to coach Mark Turgeon. Via Liz Clarke of the Washington Post.

Characterizing the NCAA’s ruling regarding Alex Len’s eligibility as "more than fair," Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon said Thursday that university officials probably wouldn’t appeal the suspension that will sideline the 7-foot-1 center for the first 10 games of the season.

Len was suspended for violating the NCAA's amateur rules. There was a question as to whether he would be able to play at all this season, which is why the Terps are not pushing the needle on his 10-game suspension.

Len, who is technically a sophomore transfer after playing in college overseas for a year, will be allowed to play in the Terps' exhibition games and practices. Maryland has an exhibition game against NAIA club Northwood on Friday.

For more on Len and the Terps, visit Testudo Times.


Alex Len Suspended By NCAA For 10 Games, Will Be Eligible After That

Finally, there has been some resolution on the eligibility status of Maryland basketball center Alex Len. The NCAA has ruled that Len can play this season, but he must sit out 10 games due to his involvement with a club team in Europe. The Terps sent out a press release confirming the news earlier.

University of Maryland center Alex Len has been cleared to practice with the men's basketball team and will be eligible to compete with the condition that he must be withheld from 10 regularly scheduled contests.

Len, a 7'1'' freshman center, was recruited late by new coach Mark Turgeon. There were times when it appeared he would not be eligible to play this season at all, so this is a pretty understandable resolution.

Len will not miss any ACC games, but will miss the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, the ACC/Big 10 Challenge game against Illinois and a BB&T Classic game against Notre Dame. He is currently eligible to return for the team's game against Albany on December 28.

For more on Len, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Terps, visit Testudo Times.


Alex Len Likely Will Still Miss Games Even If Cleared By NCAA, According To Report

While it looks very likely that the NCAA will rule Maryland basketball recruit Alex Len eligible to play, there remains a strong possibility that he will still miss games. Via Jeff Barker of the Baltimore Sun, the NCAA may still suspend Len for violations even if cleared to play.

The NCAA is still expected to give him a penalty because he had a deal with a club team previously.

Maryland will soon learn how many games the penalty will cover. Then Maryland will appeal the penalty and Len will be permitted to practice during the appeal.

It remains to be seen how long Len will miss time. Regardless, the potential addition of Len will be a major boost to a Terps team that lacks size and depth.

A Terps official issued a response saying there has been "no change" on Len's status as of now.

For more on the Terps, visit Testudo Times.


Alex Len May Be Ruled Eligible For Maryland Basketball On Wednesday, According To Report

Down to just seven eligible scholarship players, the Maryland basketball team may soon receive some much-needed good news. Ukranian center Alex Len, whose eligibility has been up in the air, may be cleared by the NCAA to play as soon as Wednesday, according to a report by Jeff Barker of the Baltimore Sun.

Olexiy ("Alex") Len, a center from Antratsit, Ukraine, is expected to be approved to play by an NCAA clearinghouse and may be at practice as soon as today, two sources told the Baltimore Sun.

This is not a slam dunk yet, as reports that Len has not been cleared to practice yet. However, if he is, the Terps will receive a major boost in their frontcourt. Len is raw, but was seen as a big-time recruit when Maryland grabbed him, and the Terps have very few big men on the roster.

For more on the Terps, visit Testudo Times.


NCAA 'Not Anywhere Close' To Ruling On Alex Len's Eligibility

NCAA spokesman Chuck Wynne told The Washington Post on Friday that the NCAA is not close to ruling on the eligibility status of Maryland freshman big man Alex Len. New Terps coach Mark Turgeon indicated in his session with the press at media day on Wednesday that a ruling on Len's eligibility would likely be handed down on Friday. This appears to be far from the case, according to Wynne who spoke with Liz Clarke of The Washington Post.

"There has been no decision made one way or the other on this young man's eligibility. We're not anywhere close to decision-making stage."

The 7'1 center from the Ukraine would be a key contributor in the middle for the Terps in Turgeon's first year. Len's uncertain status means that he will not be able to practice with the team until a ruling is made. He was scheduled to partake in Friday night's "Maryland Madness" but will now be held out from participating in those festivities as well.

The issue of Len's eligibility arose recently when there were questions about reimbursement and compensation while playing as a junior for Ukraine, comparable to the issues Enes Kanter encountered last year at Kentucky. According to the NCAA and Wynne, those questions will remain unanswered for some time as they try to coordinate an investigation overseas.

"We have made requests [for further information], and we are awaiting the answer. I can't give you a timeline as to when we think it'll come because you're talking about 18 time zones away, with different languages and different priorities."


Maryland Basketball Media Day: Nick Faust On Almost Not Coming To Maryland

When Mark Turgeon took over for Gary Williams as the head coach of the Maryland basketball team he lost two of the recruits that the previous regime had managed to get under letters of intent. But he did retain his best and highest rated recruit, Nick Faust, a lanky shooting guard from Baltimore with a pure, if unorthodox, jumpshot.

But Faust wasn't always guaranteed to come to Maryland after Turgeon took over. Like the other recruits, Faust was interested in seeking his release when the news first came out. According to Jeff Barker of the Baltimore Sun, Faust's mother was particularly upset.

"My first conversation with the mom was not good. She was very upset," Turgeon said Wednesday as the team gathered for its Media Day at Comcast Center. "I get her on the phone and she's screaming and yelling and saying she wants her release. I'm trying to keep her calm, and she's mad that I'm probably saying that right now. She goes, 'We just don't trust any coaches right now. Coach Williams said he was going to be here two or three more years.'"

Faust ultimately decided to re-commit, which is a good thing because the Terps might need him this year. He's raw, but he is a very good prospect and could contribute to the team, at least as a long range shooter, almost immediately.


Maryland Basketball Media Day: Mark Turgeon Discusses New Recruit

Maryland basketball coach Mark Turgeon gave his first media address of the season at the Terps' media day on Wednesday.

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