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St. Catharines, ON – The Niagara River Lions are thrilled to announce the signing of guard Adam Klie.
This marks the start of Klie’s professional basketball career after appearing in 33 games for UC San Diego registering 15.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.7 assists with a field goal shooting of 50% during the 2016-17 season.
The Alaska native was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Year after leading his team in multiple categories and solidifying himself as the UC San Diego D2 career leader in points, rebounds, field goals made, games played, and minutes among other categories.
“First impressions are everlasting,” stated Head Coach Joe Raso after watching Klie play in Las Vegas this past summer, “Adam left a definite positive impression. His skills, his feel and his work ethic were all on display. I knew he was a trained, motivated player who will make coaching enjoyable.” Raso added, “We are lucky to have recruited a first class citizen to our community.”
Klie took home multiple awards and honours over his collegiate basketball career, winning the CCAA Tournament MVP (2017) and CCAA Freshman of the Year (2014) while being named to the CCAA All-Tournament Team (2017), CCAA All-First Team (2016 & 2017), and CCAA All-Second Team (2015). Outside of basketball, Klie was the recipient of the CCAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the D2 Conference Commissioner’s Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
“I’m super excited to be joining the NBL Canada this upcoming season,” said Klie, “I’ll be a rookie in the league and professional basketball in general, so I’m just trying to go up there and help my team win in any way possible.”
The River Lions are set to return to the Meridian Centre in November 2017. Season tickets are on sale now – contact the River Lions front office at 289-273-5905 or visit Ticketmaster to secure your seats today.
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