Reginald Adams knew firsthand how unstoppable Len Bias was. “He’d jump and his knees would be in my teeth, and I’m 6-2,” said Adams, who played basketball against Bias in high school. “The way he played motivated me so. I’d look at him play and say I wish I could do that. He’d intimidate you with words, talk about your mother. But when you tried it on him, go to him on the line and say, ‘You’re gonna miss,’ he’d smile and say, ‘No. Too good.'” Bias’ immense talent took the forward to the top of the college ranks. Then it took him to the cusp of an NBA career with an all-time great team, before tragedy struck.
As a freshman at the University of Maryland during the 1982-83 season, Bias was “raw and undisciplined,” according to The Baltimore Sun. Still, he averaged 22 minutes, 7.1 points, and 4.2 rebounds per game, and made 13 starts. He took a significant step forward as a sophomore, scoring 15.3 points per game while shooting a tidy 56.7 percent from the field.