Former UC, NBA player Connie Dierking dies in Ohio

DAN SEWELL Associated Press Published:

CINCINNATI (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.