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Len Bias Selected to National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame

By Maryland Athletics Staff

Legendary Maryland men’s basketball player Len Bias was selected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2021, the organization announced yesterday.

The late Bias will be enshrined next November in Kansas City at the Hall of Fame induction celebration presented by Nike as part of Hall of Fame Weekend, which also includes the annual Hall of Fame Classic tournament.

“I’m really excited for the Bias family on Len being selected for enshrinement into the Hall of Fame," said Maryland Head Coach Mark Turgeon. “It’s a well-deserved honor and well overdue. It’s great news for the Maryland program and for all those associated with Len.”

Few players dominated the ACC like Bias did. From 1982-86, he scored 2,149 points—the third-most in program history—and averaged 5.7 rebounds per game.

Bias’ accolades include two ACC Player of the Year awards, two All-ACC First Team selections and All-America honors in 1985 and 1986. He was selected second overall by the Boston Celtics in the 1986 NBA draft before passing away less than two days later due to complications from cocaine intoxication, an event that reverberated throughout sports and politics for decades.

Bias joins fellow inductees David Greenwood (UCLA), Hersey Hawkins (Bradley), Jim Jackson (Ohio State), Antawn Jamison (UNC), Paul Pierce (Kansas) and coaches Rick Byrd and Tom Penders.

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