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College Court Report Player of the Week: T.J. Cline, Richmond Spiders

After changing his habits during the summer, TJ Cline has become one of the most well-rounded players in the NCAA in 2016-17.
After changing his habits during the summer, and putting in work to improve his ball-handling and jump shot, senior forward T.J. Cline has become one of the most well-rounded players in the NCAA in 2016-17.

CALGARY, Alb. — Coming into the season, he wanted to make a name for himself. He wrote a story through The Players’ Tribune back at the end of November, entitled “Making a Name for Myself.”

After a summer where he worked on improving his ball handling, jump shot, eating habits and sleep patterns, he has become one of the top players in the entire NCAA.

His name is T.J. Cline, and the senior has the Richmond Spiders making noise when nobody expected them to.

Thanks to some help from Nancy Lieberman, who is an assistant coach with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, or ‘mom’ as she’s known to Cline, the native of Plano, TX is reaping the rewards from a summer of hard work and dedication to the game of basketball.

Last week, Cline had himself one of the best two-game stretches of his career, and he etched his name into the record books at Richmond in the process. He averaged a double-double across two wins for the Spiders, and recorded the first triple-double in school history on Saturday afternoon.

For his efforts this past week, one where the Spiders won a pair of home games and kept pace with other top teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference, senior forward T.J. Cline has been named the College Court Report Player of the Week for the week of January 23 – 29, 2017!
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