April 06, 2016

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Murray Wier, the first Iowa basketball player to be named a first-team All-American, died Wednesday in Georgetown, Texas. He was 89.

The Ramsey Funeral Home, which confirmed Wier's passing and is handling the funeral arrangements, says the cause of death is not yet known.

Wier, who grew up in Grandview, Iowa, was a four-year starter for Iowa from 1945-48. Wier averaged 21 points a game as a senior, becoming the first officially recognized single-season scoring champion in NCAA history, according to the Hawkeyes.

Wier went on to play four seasons of professional ball, including one year under Hall of Fame coach Red Auerbach with the Tri-City Blackhawks.

Iowa coach Fran McCaffery says Wier was ''one of the all-time greats'' of Iowa basketball.

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