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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Former Iowa basketball great Roy Marble, Sr. has died this morning following a lengthy cancer battle at his home in Michigan.

The 48-year-old Marble was the only player in Hawkeye basketball history to score more than 2,000 points in their career. He also recorded 668 career rebounds and 281 assists as the Hawkeyes posted an 89-37 record during his career.

The Hawkeyes played in the NCAA tournament all four years Marble was on the team. He was a first-round draft pick of the Atlanta Hawks in the 1989 NBA draft.

Marble settled in Cedar Rapids after his NBA career ended in 1995.

“We are deeply saddened and mourn the loss of Roy Marble,” said Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery. “Roy has been a part of the Iowa basketball family for a long time, as one of the all-time best to play for the Hawkeyes, and since then as a tremendous supporter of our program. When I was fortunate to become Iowa’s head coach, one of the first people to reach out to me was Roy and we developed a close relationship ever since."

"He was a great teammate. He was for the team first, it wasn’t about Roy, it was about the team, and what was best for the team. He was unselfish as a player and he was coachable for that reason," said former Iowa men's basketball coach Tom Davis.

He is survived by his three sons, Roy "Devyn", Carlo and Merrick, and two daughters, Roichelle and Royonah.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Stay with KWWL for updates as they become available.

Jason Pope contributed to this article.

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