No. 10 Len Bias
Len Bias could be categorized as one of the greatest players to ever come through the program. Bias came to College Park as a very raw prospect that had a lot of growing up to do. The Northwestern (Md.) product put up very pedestrian numbers as a freshman as he averaged 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds.
Bias really took his game up to the next level as a sophomore as he nearly doubled his average up to 15.3 points. During his junior and senior seasons at Maryland, Bias earned ACC Player of the Year honors and was a First Team Consensus All-American in 1986 as a senior.
After a sensational four-year career with the Terps, Bias was the talk of the basketball world heading into the 1986 NBA Draft. The Cleveland Cavaliers took North Carolina center Brad Daugherty with the top pick. Bias went No. 2 to the Boston Celtics and this was a pick that was three years in the making for general manager Red Auerbach. Bias was set to take the NBA by storm until tragedy struck.
The former Maryland star passed away due to a cocaine overdose just two days after the 1986 Draft. While Bias never stepped foot on an NBA court, he still has his place on the list. This was arguably the greatest player in the history of the Maryland program and could’ve been one of the all-time greats at the professional level if not for a horrifically bad mistake.
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