Klie focused on taking the right shot senior year, not more shots
Probably not, though.
He is focused on taking the right shot, not more shots.
“I would say I definitely am trying to be assertive in games. I feel good that if I can get to my spots that I can make plays for myself and others,” he told me. “It really depends on who we’re playing and the night. Sometimes that might mean taking more shots and other times that might mean setting up other guys in different ways.”
It was his night when UC San Diego played Concordia as the 6-foot-4 guard poured in a career-high 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting to spark a 66-57 victory in the DoubleTree D2 Shootout in Monmouth, Oregon.
“I’m really just trying to make as many plays as possible to get our team the win. And honestly, I feel like I was just trying to take what the defense was giving and get to areas I’m comfortable in. I had a lot of attempts right around the rim and those are good shots for us so I’ll take as many as those as I can get.”
Klie, of Service High fame, also produced nine rebounds and six assists, both game-highs.
“It was our first road game and I think it showed a little bit,” he said. “We were a little flat throughout but really when it came down to it, we gutted it out, which is a good sign for us.”
Through five games, Klie leads NCAA D2 UC San Diego with a 17.2 scoring average.
He averaged 8.4 field goal attempts over his first three seasons but has increased that number to 11.8 shots per game this year.
A four-year starter and 1,000-point scorer, the veteran is finding it tougher to score against an opposing defense designed to stop him.
“Even a couple games into the season, teams have scouting reports and they have a pretty good feel for what you want to do, so it’s important to be able to switch it up if necessary,” Klie said. “Basketball is such a multifaceted game and to be a really good player you have to impact the game in multiple ways.”