More than 28 years after his death from a cocaine overdose, the University of Maryland announced on Wednesday it will induct Len Bias into its Athletics Hall of Fame.

Bias died on June 19, 1986, two days after he was the No. 2 overall selection in the NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. It was subsequently determined that a cocaine overdose had led to the tragedy.

Bias' college coach, Lefty Driesell, told the Baltimore Sun he is glad his former star player will be honored.

"It's great to hear about Lenny," Driesell said. "I was elated that he got in. It's a long time coming."

Driesell told the paper Bias' death was a "tragic accident," following with some curious comments.
"He wasn't a drug addict, he had come back from celebrating becoming a multi-millionaire and he didn't know what he was doing and it killed him," Driesell said. "If he had died in an auto accident or drowned swimming, he would have been a hero. He was one of the greatest kids I ever coached."