Peter Sauer, who was a captain on the 1998 Final Four Stanford Cardinal team, died Sunday night, according to LoHud.com. His death came during a pickup game in White Plains, N.Y. Sauer worked in finance in the greater New York City area and lived in Scarsdale, N.Y.
A witness said Sauer was standing on the right side of the foul line as someone was shooting a free throw, when he fell back, hit his head on the concrete court, began bleeding and stopped moving. ... Sauer was taken by ambulance to White Plains Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 9:36 p.m.
The San Jose Mercury News, which confirmed Sauer's death spoke to current Cal coach and former Stanford coach Mike Montgomery on Monday. Sauer was a far-off recruit for Montgomery, who went to Shady Side Academy, in Pittsburgh. Sauer averaged 7.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game as a Cardinal.
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"He was a terrific kid, an unbelievable student-athlete," said Montgomery, now the basketball coach at Cal. "Smart, tough, great team member.
"It's awful (news). It's hard to figure. He had a great life, was in great shape ... you just don't know."
UPDATE: On Monday afternoon, Cal Athletics put out a statement from Montgomery:
"Peter Sauer was one of the most popular players I have ever coached. He was the epitome of the definition of a student-athlete. He was smart; he was tough; he was a winner. He played on a Final Four team and was an integral part of the success of that group. Peter was somebody that his teammates really looked up to and admired. It is tragic that this can happen to a young man in the prime of his life. We are all very saddened with the news. This is very tough news to get. My heart goes out to his family during this difficult time."
CBSSports.com reached Portland coach Eric Reveno, who coached Sauer in his final two seasons at Stanford, in '98 and '99.
"Lots of positive things come to mind," Reveno said when asked about Sauer. "Pete was one of those special student-athletes that had just a tremendous ability to make others around him better, to compete at a real high level always and have a good time doing it. He had this sort of charisma that followed him onto the gym floor. He was one of those guys that, when you talk about certain characteristics, toughness, ability to perform, you find yourself saying, 'He's like Pete Sauer.'"
Sauer is survived by his wife, Amanda, and three daughters.
I can't help but wonder if Stanford will honor Sauer on their uniforms for the upcoming season.