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UR Men's Basketball BIO
T.J. Cline
Player Profile:
T.J. Cline 1538838
Position: Forward/Center
Height: 6'9"
Weight: 230
Year: Senior
Hometown: Plano, Texas
High School: Plano West
Other College: Niagara

Game-By-Game Statistics

Career Stats/Highs

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Career Highlights

  • 2017 AP All-America Honorable Mention
  • 2017 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year
  • 2017 NABC All-District First Team
  • 2017 Virginia State Player of the Year
  • 2017 All-Atlantic 10 First Team, 2016 All-Atlantic 10 Third Team
  • Finished eighth all-time with 1647 career points
  • Finished seventh all-time with 374 career assists
  • Ranked ninth all-time with a career field goal percentage of 53.1 percent
  • Only player in school history with a triple-double

2016-17 (Senior)

  • AP All-America Honorable Mention
  • Atlantic 10 Player of the Year
  • All-Atlantic 10 First Team
  • RTD Virginia State Player of the Year
  • NABC All-District First Team
  • Finished top 10 all-time in single-season records for points, rebounds and assists
  • Averaged 18.5 points per game, ranking fourth in A-10, while his 648 points ranked 8th-best for a single season
  • Averaged 5.6 assists per game, ranking 22nd in country, while his 197 assists ranked 2nd-all time, just three shy of school record
  • Averaged 7.8 rebounds per game and ranked 26th in country in defensive rebounds
  • His 242 rebounds ranked 10th all-time and were the most in one season since 1998
  • Became first player in school history to tally a triple-double and did it twice
  • Only third player in last 25 years to finish regular season averaging 18 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
  • Four-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Week
  • Tallied 11 double-doubles, most by any Spider since 1988
  • Had 14 20-point games and two 30-point games

2015-16 (Junior)

  • All-Atlantic 10 Third Team
  • Led the Spiders with 18.3 points per game, tying for the highest season average by any Spider since 2001
  • Ranked sixth in the conference in points scored and seventh in FG percentage (55.8)
  • Led team with 3.8 assists per game, ranking 10th in the conference and second in the nation in assists among players 6-9 or taller
  • First on team with 12 20-point games and 29 double-digit scoring games
  • Tied then-career high in points (27) and set new career high in threes (5) in win over ODU (12/16)
  • Notched new career high with nine assists vs. La Salle (1/13)
  • Posted first career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds against GW (2/24)
  • Upped career high to 36 points on career-best 13-of-20 shooting, including a career-high 8 free throws vs. Dayton (3/1).

2014-15 (R-Sophomore)

  • Third on team with 11.8 points/game, shooting 51.6 percent from the field which ranked 11th in the A-10
  • Hit 50 three-pointers, good for third on the team
  • Averaged 3.7 rebounds per game, with season-high eight vs. USA (12/18)
  • Ranked eighth in the league with a three-point percentage of 38.8
  • Third on the team with 25 double-digit scoring games
  • Scored season-high 23 points on 8-of-12 shooting against Davidson (1/17)
  • Tallied four threes in a game on four different occasions
  • Notched season-high seven assists against Duquesne (1/28)

2013-14 (Sophomore):

  • Redshirted the season after transferring from Niagara

2012-13 (Freshman at Niagara)

  • Earned MAAC All-Rookie honors as a freshman at Niagara, averaging 7.9 points, 4.6 rebounds
  • Connected on 40 three-pointers and averaged 20 minutes per game

High School

  • Earned District 8-5A Offensive Player of the Year
  • Averaged 16.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game as a senior at Plano West High
  • Led team to a 26-9 record and a second-place finish in the district


  • Son of Tim Cline and Nancy Lieberman
  • His mother, Nancy Lieberman, is a Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer, U.S. Olympian and women’s basketball pioneer
  • His father Tim Cline played for the Washington Generals and is a Senior Vice President for Learfield Sports, overseeing all 22 of the companies West Coast collegiate relationships
  • Has two younger brothers, Carson and Schaefer and a younger sister Macy

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