Rare Photos of Len Bias

Text: Cameron Zick
Photo: Manny Millan/SI


It's been 25 years since the death of Maryland hoops star Len Bias, who led Maryland to the second round of the 1986 NCAA Tournament. During his four-year career, Bias never made it past the Sweet 16. The 22-year-old forward died from cardiac arrest caused by a cocaine overdose on June 19, 1986, two days after being selected with the second overall pick by the Boston Celtics. Here are some rare photos of the former Terrapin.

Bias is defended by North Carolina guard Michael Jordan. On the night Bias was drafted, Boston scouts compared him to the Bulls guard and many felt the two would continue their ACC-born rivalry for years to come.

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