There may not be a more disheartening, unfortunate concept in the world of sports than the idea that Maryland great Len Bias never was able to showcase his talents in the NBA.
Of course, tragedy struck in the 1986, when Bias died from a cocaine overdose. After winning the ACC Player of the Year trophy in 1985-86 and being selected with the second pick in the 1986 NBA Draft, the Maryland native was primed to be the most successful Terp at the next level.
We never did see Bias in a professional uniform, but we have seen nearly two dozen Maryland alumni play in the NBA.
That rich Maryland tradition of producing NBA mainstays should continue with Greivis Vasquez, who is having a wildly successful third season, and current center Alex Len, who is poised to be a lottery pick next June.
Here are the top ten NBA players from the University of Maryland.