WASHINGTON, D.C. – Maryland Basketball legends Len Bias and Walt Williams were among the honorees selected for induction into the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame as announced by the organization today. The 10 honorees in this year’s class will be inducted in a special ceremony on Sunday, May 6 at Nationals Park prior to the 1:35 p.m. game between the Washington Nationals and Philadelphia Phillies.
“This year’s outstanding group of inductees consists of extraordinary individuals who have achieved excellence in sports here in the Nation’s Capital and includes six who come from this area,” said DC Sports Hall of Fame committee chairman Bobby Goldwater. “It will be a privilege to add these 10 names to the Sports Hall of Fame honor roll on May 6 at the induction ceremony at Nationals Park. The committee is grateful once again for the generous and enthusiastic support of Mark Lerner and the Washington Nationals.”
One of the all-time great basketball players in University of Maryland and ACC history, Bias set 15 school records and is still the third-leading scorer in school history. A two-time ACC Player of the Year, he led the Terps to four NCAA tournaments and the 1984 ACC championship. He was chosen second overall in the 1986 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics before his tragic passing at the age of 22 years old. Bias was inducted into the University of Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.
A native of Temple Hills, Williams was one of the most versatile and dominant players in the history of the Maryland basketball program, named an All-American following his senior season
During his senior year, he averaged a school record 26.8 points per game, scored 20 or more points in 19 straight games and broke Bias’s senior scoring record. He was selected seventh overall by Sacramento in the 1992 NBA Draft and went on to play in the league for 11 years. In honor of his father, Williams established a $125,000 fund at Maryland benefiting minority students. Williams was a 2005 inductee into the Maryland Athletics Hall of Fame.
Nominees for inclusion must have gained prominence in the Washington area through their achievements in sports as an athlete, coach, owner, executive, member of the media or contributor.