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IU basketball legend Archie Dees dies at 80

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) – Archie Dees, a former Indiana University men’s basketball All-American, passed away on Monday.

Dees was also the first player to win multiple Big Ten MVP honors. He was 80.

“Our condolences go out to Archie’s family and all of his friends,” said IU Coach Tom Crean. “Archie Dees will be remembered for many great things and being a part of Indiana Basketball Royalty will be one of them. When Archie was around, we always knew we were around one of the all-time best.”

The IU star played for the Hoosiers from 1955-58. During that time he took the team to Big Ten titles in 1957 and 1958. In 1957, he was selected as the Big Ten MVP after getting as many votes as all other candidates combine.

In 1983 Dees was inducted into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame.

He continued to live in Bloomington and on Feb. 22 2007 it was declared Archie Dees Day.Information from Indiana University Athletics.