Former Maryland basketball star Len Bias will be inducted into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the 2014 class, the university announced in a release on Wednesday morning.
Bias is one of eight former athletes and members of the athletics staff who will be honored this year. He joins men’s lacrosse player Bob Boneillo, two-sport track standout and football player Edward G. Cooke, field hockey and women’s lacrosse player Maureen ‘Bean’ Scott Dupcak, women’s lacrosse player Alex Kahoe, women’s basketball player Debbie Lytle, athletic trainer Sandy Worth, and football player Charlie Wysocki.
“We would like to congratulate our newest inductees and their families on their selection for the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame,” athletic director Kevin Anderson said in a statement. “It’s an exciting time for us to honor and recognize the incredible accomplishments of our former student-athletes during their time in College Park.”
Bias is the most nationally recognizable name in the group, having averaged 16.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game over his four-year career at Maryland. He was named a first-team All-American during his senior season in 1985-86 after averaging 25.1 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.
He was drafted No. 2 overall by the Boston Celtics in the 1986 NBA Draft, but died two days later of cocaine intoxication without ever having played a game professionally. He was 22 years old.
A ceremony to induct this year's honorees will be held on Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m.