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February 26, 2013

Todd Hummel's column on college basketball: Bucknell's Klebon sees time

There is little doubt that Colin Klebon is one of the most decorated high school players in the Daily Item coverage area. Klebon graduated as the all-time leading scorer in Southern Columbia history with 2,230 career points. He was the 2009 Daily Item Player of the Year.

Klebon played in four PIAA playoff games in his career and helped the Tigers to a District 4 Class AA title in 2007.

So when Klebon entered the game late on Senior Day at Bucknell University on Sunday afternoon, it was a bit surprising to hear the forward say it was the nervous he's ever been in a basketball situation.

After seeing regular playing time in his first two years as a Bison, Klebon's playing time has dwindled, playing in only two games before Sunday.

When Bucknell had a double-digit lead late in the game with Holy Cross, the student section began chanting for Klebon to get into the game. The Sojka Pavilion crowd erupted when Klebon entered the game.

"I appreciate all the support my teammates, coaches and fans. It's the one thing that I didn't want to happen, though, because I was probably more nervous going in than I was in any other basketball situation," Klebon said.

He posted up on the right block, but missed his shot and the put back attempt. Later in the possession, the ball bounced to Klebon at the 3-point line, but he declined the attempt, getting the ball back to Ryan Frazier at point guard.

"I probably would have taken the 3 if it would have been my first look, but since I shot it twice already, I wanted to make sure I got a layup or something," Klebon said.

Klebon finally got his bucket later in the possession, getting fouled in the process, though he did miss the foul shot. The bucket gave Klebon 101 points in his career.

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