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Former Indiana Hoosiers Basketball Star Has Passed Away

Indiana Hoosiers Assembly Hall

BLOOMINGTON, IN - JANUARY 15: A Indiana Hoosiers cheerleader performs during the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Assembly Hall on January 15, 2017 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Indiana basketball lost a legendary figure this weekend with the passing of former Hoosier star and Pacer Jimmy Rayl.

Rayl was 77 years old, and passed away after an illness, according to Dean Hockney Sports.

A high school star and 1959 Indiana Mr. Basketball at Kokomo High School, Rayl went on to become a two-time first-team All-Big Ten performer with the Hoosiers. He also made third-team All-America twice.

Rayl was a third round pick of the Cincinnati Royals in the 1963 NBA Draft. While he never suited up for the Royals, but eventually became a member of the ABA's Indiana Pacers.

Rayl played two seasons for the Pacers from 1967-69. For his career, he averaged 11.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Rayl's family and friends. May he rest in peace.

Rayl is the second former Indiana star to pass away recently. Eric Anderson, who helped the Hoosiers make the 1992 Final Four before embarking on a short NBA career with the New York Knicks, passed away on December 9.

Anderson was only 48 years old. He earned first-team All-Big Ten and Big Ten Newcomer of the Year honors while at IU and was also named the Most Outstanding Player of the 1992 West Regional.