Alex Len doesn't look much like a gymnast these days. There aren't many 7-foot-1 gymnasts, after all.
But he says his work in gymnastics as a youngster is a big reason he is so agile for a big man in basketball. The big Ukrainian center, who just turned 20, was the fifth overall pick in the NBA draft, with the new regime running the basketball side of the Phoenix Suns banking on Len's upside after his inconsistent two seasons at Maryland.
Len and the Suns' other first-round pick, 18-year-old guard Archie Goodwin, were introduced at a news conference in Phoenix on Friday.
Len says he was in gymnastics from age 8 to 11, when the basketball coach gave him a ball and told him to shoot it.
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