Len Bias, a University of Maryland basketball legend whose life was tragically cut short, will now be immortalized after being selected into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2021.
Bias played locally in the shadow of Washington, D.C., at Northwestern High School and then continued to shine at College Park from 1982-86. The big man finished his career with 2,149 points (third-most in school history) and was a two-time All-ACC First Team selection and two-time All-American. He was also the ACC Athlete of the Year in 1986.
Bias died of a cardiac arrhythmia brought on by a drug overdose on June 19, 1986, two days after the Boston Celtics selected him with the second pick of the NBA draft.
The news of his selection to the hall was welcomed by current Maryland men’s basketball head coach Mark Turgeon.
“It’s a well-deserved honor and well overdue,” Turgeon said. “It’s great news for the Maryland program and for all those associated with Len.”