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M. Basketball: Tommy Klempin

Tommy Klempin

  Position: C    Ht.: 6-10    Wt.: 240
  Hometown: Reynoldsburg, Ohio
  Previous School: Pickerington Central HS
  Eligibility: Sr.  Major: Biology

2010-11: Enjoyed a breakout season with the Pioneers... Played in all 30 games, while earning a start in all but one of those outings... Shot a team-best 56 percent from the floor (7th in SAC), while averaging 10.5 points (26th in SAC) and 5.4 rebounds per game (9th in SAC)... 11th in the league in free throw percentage (.784), while his 20 blocked shots (0.67 bpg) were 14th in the SAC... Scored in double figures on 16 occasions, including his career-best 23 markers against Lincoln Memorial (Jan. 5)... Tallied double-double with 16 points and 10 boards against Hiwassee (Nov. 15)... Posted 19 markers at Queens (Dec. 18)... Hauled in 10 rebounds at Lees-McRae (Nov. 23)... Averaged 19 points per game during four-game span (Dec. 18-Jan. 9), while shooting 24-of-37 (64.9%) from the floor... Shot a perfect 7-of-7 from the field against Catawba (Feb. 19) for his 16 points... Blocked four shots against Hiwassee.

2009-10: Saw action in 27 contests, including 17 starts (TC went 11-6 in those starts)… Earned a start in the last 12 games of the season with the Pioneers going 8-4 during that span (23-10 record in his 33 career starts…  Averaged two points and 1.7 rebounds per game (5.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg in his last four games)… Shot 20-of-37 from the floor (54.1%) and 58.3 percent from the free throw line… Scored a season-high six points against Carson-Newman (Mar. 3) in the quarterfinal round of the Food Lion SAC Tournament… Tallied six points at Lincoln Memorial (Feb. 3)… Played in a season-high 20 minutes in win vs. North Georgia (Nov. 27… Shot 8-of-12 (66.7%) from the field in his last four games… Posted six rebounds at Mars Hill (Feb. 24… Averaged 14.3 minutes per game in his last four games... Recorded two blocked shots each against Mid-Continent (Jan. 12) and Mars Hill… Finished the year with seven rejections.

2008-09: Played in 29 games, including 16 starts... Tusculum went 12-4 when Tommy started... Tallied four points on four occasions... Hauled in a season-high five rebounds in home win over No. 25 Catawba (Feb. 7)...  Played a season-best 16 minutes off the bench in home wins over Concord (Dec. 3) and Brevard (Dec. 6)... Played 15 minutes in collegiate debut at Anderson (Nov. 15) where he shot 2-for-3 from the floor and grabbed three offensive rebounds... Blocked two shots in home win over Carson-Newman (Feb. 14)... Finished the year averaging 1.2 points and 1.3 rebounds per game... Shot 48.4 percent from the field...

High School: Attended Pickerington HS Central in Pickerington, Ohio… Coached by Jerry Groves… Lettered four years in basketball, twice in football and once in track… Team MVP… All-OCC First Team selection… All-District II First Team… Established a school record with 24 charges taken…

Personal: Full name is Thomas Michael Klempin, Jr… Born Aug. 28, 1989 in Columbus, Ohio… Nickname: “T-Time; The Big Guy”; Son of Tom and Rita Klempin… Has two brothers, Nicke Jewell (28) and Nathan Jewell (32); Sister – Natalie Jewell-Ziadeh (30)… Athletic Director's Honor Roll… Majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry... Hobbies include: video games, comic books, hiking, camping... Career goal: "Live comfortably and enjoy every day as if it was my last"; Favorite books: The Bible, "I am Legend", "Enders Game"; Favorite midnight snack: Flaming hot cheetos and a cold drink; Favorite movie: "Big Lebowski"; Favorite musical artists: Coldplay, Muse (alternative music); Favorite sports teams: Chicago Bears, Ohio State Buckeyes; Tommy can't imagine a week without: TV; Least favorite food: Mushrooms, olives; Favorite athlete: Dirk Nowitzki; Most thrilling moment in sports: Playing in triple-overtime game at Newberry in 2011 SAC Tournament; Advice to kids: "Go to church"; Favorite colors: Scarlet and Grey; Favorite sport other than basketball: Football; People Tommy most admires: His parents - "Best couple in the world"; Most famous person Tommy has ever met: Jerry Sloan; Toughest player Tommy has ever played against: B.J. Mullins; What people don't know about Tommy: He is an excellent Scrabble player; When he was a kid, Tommy tried to be like: A Power Ranger.