Alex Len declares for NBA Draft

Alex Len was an honorable mention All-ACC team honoree last season. Photo: Associated Press

Mark Turgeon and the Maryland Terrapins will not have their big Ukrainian as they attempt to get back to the NCAA Tournament next year.

The program officially announced Monday that sophomore Alex Len will leave Maryland and enter the 2013 NBA Draft. The news was first reported Sunday night by Yahoo! Sports.

Len, a 7-foot-1-inch center from Antratsit, Ukraine, averaged 11.9 points and 7.8 rebounds per game for the Terrapins last season. He also led the ACC in blocks with 78 during a season in which he was named to the All-ACC Defensive team.

"I've grown a lot, both on the court and off the court, over the past two years and I am looking forward to the next chapter of my life," Len said in a statement.

The center is widely regarded as a probable lottery pick in this year's NBA Draft, which takes place on June 27 in New York.

Len is the second high-profile member of the Terrapins to leave the program in the past week. On April 8, the team announced that guard Pe'Shon Howard was transferring to be closer to his ailing grandmother.