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Former UC, NBA player Connie Dierking dies

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University of Cincinnati basketball great Connie Dierking. Photo courtesy of UC. University of Cincinnati basketball great Connie Dierking. Photo courtesy of UC.
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19/AP) -

Former University of Cincinnati basketball star and longtime NBA player Conrad W. "Connie" Dierking has died at 77.
    
His death was announced Monday by WKRC-TV, where daughter Cammy Dierking is a news anchor. It was confirmed by the University of Cincinnati. No other details were released immediately.
    
The Brooklyn-born Dierking starred for the Bearcats in the late 1950s. The 6-foot-10 center was a UC teammate of Oscar Robertson, and they were reunited with the Cincinnati Royals of the National Basketball Association in the late 1960s.
    
Dierking had been a 1958 first round pick of the Syracuse Nationals, and also played for the Philadelphia 76ers and San Francisco Warriors over more than a decade in the NBA.
    
He is survived by wife Robyn and their five children. Funeral arrangements are pending.

At UC, the All-American Dierking was co-captain of the 1957-58 men's basketball team that was the first in school history to play in the NCAA tournament. Along with Robertson, Dierking led the Bearcats to a record of 25-3 and UC's first Missouri Valley Conference title.

During his junior year, Dierking led the team in rebounding and scoring. UC played in the National Invitation Tournament and posted a 15-9 record that season.

In 1986, Dierking was inducted into the James P. Kelly UC Athletics Hall of Fame.

"Connie Dierking was one of the pioneers that helped build the winning tradition of Cincinnati basketball," UC head coach Mick Cronin said. "We want to extend our condolences to the Dierking family at this time."

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