Klie too focused on big picture to savor personal achievement
So even though the California Collegiate Athletic Association named him CCAA Player of the Week for the second time this season, Klie could still find flaws in his game.
That’s the price of trying to be perfect.
“I think there is a lot of room for improvement with how I am playing,” Klie told me. “Right now, we as the team and myself included, are playing well enough to win games and put ourselves in a position where the next game means even more and that’s exciting.
“At the same time, I know that I have to keep getting better and playing better so that we as a team are playing our best as the importance of games is only magnified.”
Klie, of Service High fame, averaged 10.5 points and a team-high seven rebounds in two back-to-back road wins that kept UC San Diego atop the CCAA standings at 12-2.
In a 41-35 win at No. 13 Cal Poly Pomona, Klie recorded his third double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds. He also added two assists and two steals.
At Humboldt State, he had nine points, four rebounds, two steals and an assist in a 73-69 win.
“I am not shooting it great and turning it over too much, but I have plenty of confidence that I can clean that up,” Klie said. “We always talk about how winning games just makes the next one more important and that’s how we are taking it right now.”
The 6-foot-4 wing is averaging 14 points and a team-high 5.6 rebounds in 20 games. He also leads the Tritons with his .519 field goal percentage, 63 assists and 17 steals.
In conference Klie ranks third in field goal percentage, eighth in assists, 12th in scoring and 13th in rebounding.
As you see from the stats, he brings high energy and a good attitude to every game; whether his shot is falling or not.
“I think when you are struggling in certain areas you have to find ways to contribute in others,” Klie said.
UC San Diego is 17-3 this season and ranked 10th nationally for NCAA D2.