Klie delivers all-around game, win in his German pro debut
Anchorage’s Adam Klie made a victorious debut with his German professional men’s basketball team as the Giessen 46ers thumped the Dragons Rhondorf 102-56.
The former University of California San Diego star played 27 minutes and amassed eight points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals.
It was a typically sound all-around game for the 6-foot-4 guard, a pass-first player.
Klie, of Service High fame, is in his second season as a pro after playing last season for the Niagara River Lions of Canada’s National Basketball League.
He played in all 44 games and averaged 6.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists in 20 minutes per game. The River Lions finished 18-26.
In 2017, as a senior at UCSD, Klie was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Player of the Year and a consensus first team All-West Region selection.
He was just the second Triton in the program’s D2 era (since 2000) to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds in a career.
He is the school’s D2 leader in career points, rebounds, field goals made, field goals attempted, free throws attempted, games and minutes.
Each team in the German league is allowed one North American player and for the 46ers it is Klie.
“It’s definitely pretty cool,” he said in August. “It shows that they have a lot of confidence in me.”