Len Bias of the Boston Celtics pumps his fist after he was selected second overall in the June 1986 NBA draft. (Photo By: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)
LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — More than a quarter-century after his death, Len Bias will be honored among the University of Maryland’s best athletes.
The former Terrapins men’s basketball star will be inducted into the university’s Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 3.
Bias’ shocking death — he died of a cocaine overdose in a dormitory on the College Park campus — came just hours after the Boston Celtics selected him with the second overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft.
Bias, who grew up in Prince George’s County and graduated from Northwestern High School in Hyattsville, was one of the best players in the Atlantic Coast Conference during his time at Maryland. He was often compared to, and sometimes pegged as better than, Michael Jordan during their time as rivals in the ACC.
Lefty Driesell, Bias’ coach at Maryland, says politics made this recognition wait 28 years but he’s glad that Bias’ day is coming.
“Hopefully this will open him up to being honored in the Naismith Hall of Fame or the college Hall of Fame, at least,” Driesell said.