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Len Bias

Basketball Player
Remembered Best As:
first team All-American college basketball forward at the University of Maryland


Considered by many to be one of the greatest college basketball players of the modern era. During the 1985 and 1986 seasons, this unheralded Northwestern High School (Hyattsville, MD) product asserted himself into the forward spot at the University of Maryland. His highlight-reel performances, including his one-man show (30+ points) against North Carolina en route to the first-ever win in the Dean Dome in 1986, made him a player to watch. He was the second pick taken by the Boston Celtics in the 1986 NBA Draft, expected to pick up where a retirement-bound Larry Bird left off. Tragically, that would never come to pass. Three days after being drafted, Bias spent a night partying with friends and snorting cocaine in his University of Maryland dorm room. Overtaken by heart failure, he died shortly after. Bias' death was a shock to the nation, and shed light on substance abuse within the sports arena. The University of Maryland was plunged into the abyss that, thankfully, they have pulled out of. But their success is due in no small part to the one who wore #34.

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