Frank Brian, Standout in N.B.A.’s Early Years, Dies at 94


Frank Brian in 1950. He was twice an All-Star in the N.B.A.

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Frank Brian, a basketball standout at Louisiana State University who became a two-time All-Star in the early years of the National Basketball Association, died on Sunday at his home in Zachary, La. He was 94.

His death was announced on L.S.U.’s website.

Slight by current N.B.A. standards at 6 feet 1 inches and about 175 pounds, Brian was known as a versatile guard at L.S.U. and as a professional. World War II military service interrupted his college career, and he rose to the rank of master sergeant in the Army before it resumed. He played in the service and at the university from 1942 to 1947.

During the 1946-47 season, he scored 340 points in 21 games, helping L.S.U. to a 17-4 record. The team fell to Tulane, 63-50, in the Southeastern Conference tournament semifinals.

Brian joined the Anderson (Ind.) Packers of the National Basketball League in the spring of 1947. The Packers became part of the N.B.A. when the National Basketball League merged with the Basketball…

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