College Basketball Hall of Fame 2021 class led by Len Bias, Paul Pierce

Former Maryland star Len Bias, a two-time All-American who died of a drug overdose days after being selected with the No. 2 pick in the 1986 NBA draft, was selected for induction to the College Basketball Hall of Fame’s class of 2021 on Sunday.

Bias is one of six players and two coaches to be inducted. The other players include: Kansas’s Paul Pierce, North Carolina’s Antawn Jamison, Ohio State’s Jim Jackson, UCLA’s David Greenwood and Bradley’s Hersey Hawkins.

Coaches Tom Penders and Rick Byrd were also inducted into the Hall of Fame. Penders, 75, amassed over 600 career victories and led Rhode Island, Texas, George Washington and Houston to the NCAA tournament. Byrd, 67, coached at Belmont for 33 years, leading the Bruins to eight NCAA tournaments.

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