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Center Len out 4-6 months after surgery

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (AP) - Former Maryland center Alex Len will be sidelined up to six months after undergoing surgery on his left ankle in North Carolina.

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Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Robert Anderson stabilized a stress fracture in Len's ankle. The problem that was diagnosed after the 7-foot-1 center left Maryland after his sophomore season to enter the NBA draft.

Len will be unable to participate in all on-court activities leading up to the June 27 draft, according to his agent, Michael Lelchitski.

Lelchitski says, ``The tough part about Alex's injury is the timing.''

Dr. Anderson says it is possible the injury would have healed on its own. But Len says, ``I decided that surgery was the best long term option for my career.''

Len, from the Ukraine, is projected to be a first-round pick.

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