In curious to what the consensus is from people like myself who watch ACC hoops religiously on Len.
Also - to the people who want Len, do y'all watch ACC ball?
Yeah I watch plenty of college ball and a few Maryland games specifically this year just to watch Len. He is not a spectacular player or the type who makes flashy plays, and was never a go to option on offense (partly because Maryland's offense didnt prioritize getting him the ball, partly because he didnt post up and demand it).
But when you actually watch what he is actually doing out on the court, he is very solid fundamentally. He moves without the ball on offense, sets good picks, boxes out every time, and provides decent spacing with his improving midrange jumper. When he actually gets the ball in the paint he can score with both hands, so even though his post game was rarely used at Maryland I think it can improve in the NBA
Defensively, he wont put up gaudy block numbers but he has improved a lot since his freshman year. He doesnt bite on pump fakes and uses his size and length to challenge shots without fouling (think Marc Gasol defense and not Serge Ibaka). He is surprisingly quick on the perimeter for his size as well, and should be a decent pick and roll defender at the next level.
The fact of the matter is that centers with legit size and fundamentals are incredibly valuable in the NBA because there just arent many of them. The reasons people are down on Len are the same reasons people were down on Roy Hibbert when he came out of GT- people wondered why he didnt dominate in college where there are few true centers to match up with him.
A big reason Hibbert and Len didnt dominate in college is because thats just not what the college game is about. Unless you play for a team with really good spacing and 3 point shooters, there is just not much room in the paint in most college games and teams will collapse on the big guy when he gets the ball. I cant even remember the last true center to dominate in college ball