Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon joined the Norris and Davis show to discuss his former center, Alex Len, being drafted fifth overall by the Phoenix Suns.
Steve started out by asking Turgeon about whether he knew which team would be most likely to take Len. Turgeon said that most of the NBA guys like to focus on the negative and never really give you any hints as to what they wanted to do. Turgeon said that the Cavs called 10 minutes before the pick and said they would not take Len with the number one pick, which was appreciated. Alex really likes Phoenix and we are happy where he ended up. It was a very fun and exciting night.
Ed then asked the coach how Alex Len going top five helps Maryland with their recruiting. Turgeon said that it was huge for the program and that only time will tell how much it affects recruitment. Len was a great person, did all the work that was asked for him, and will be missed. To see a Maryland guy make it in two years, will definitely help us down the road.
Steve then asked what Len needs to improve upon most in order to have a successful NBA career. Turgeon said that Len is one of the hardest workers he has ever been around, and that in order to have a good career he really just needs to stay healthy. Turgeon firmly believes that he will go on to have a very successful NBA career. He will work his tail off. He just needs to be Alex. When he is 23 or 24 he will have a chance at being an All Star.
Steve then brought up what Alex Len will be making in the NBA, which will be around 2-3 million a year, and how this will affect him. Turgeon said that he warned the young player about always saying yes to people and constantly paying for different things. He needs to be careful about what he does because he is young and has never had this kind of money before.