Jason Klotz (2001-05)
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Hard-working, physical center who developed into a key member of UT's frontcourt rotation ... four-year letterwinner who was a member of five NCAA Tournament teams with the Longhorns (granted a medical redshirt year [ankle] following his true freshman season) ... tied the UT career record for most NCAA Tournament games played (12) ... helped the Longhorns advance to the NCAA "Sweet 16" for a school-record three consecutive seasons (2002, 2003, 2004), including the run to the Final Four in 2003 (first appearance by Texas since 1947) ... ranked fifth in school history in career games played (131) ... played in 128 of a possible 131 games in his last four seasons ... also ranked sixth in school history in career blocked shots (103) ... team captain and co-team MVP as a senior ... earned honorable mention All-Big 12 Conference accolades (coaches) and shared the team's Most Improved Player award (Kenton Paulino) as a junior ... also earned one of five spots on both the Big 12 All-Reserve and All-Improved teams in his junior season.
As a Senior in 2004-05
Team captain and co-team MVP ... most consistent inside presence for the Longhorns ... played in 30 of 31 games, making 16 starts (including nine straight to finish the year) ... ranked fourth on the team in scoring (11.2 ppg), fourth in rebounding (5.8 rpg) and second in blocked shots (33) ... third on the squad in minutes played (28.9 mpg) and second in double-figure scoring games (21) ... saw his minutes increase from 16.7 mpg as a junior to 28.9 mpg ... opened the season with 10 points, eight boards and two blocks in just 17 minutes against Texas State (Nov. 19) ... averaged 11.0 ppg and 7.3 rpg during the three contests at the EA Sports Maui Invitational (Nov. 22-24) ... posted his first double-double of his career (10 points, team-high 11 rebounds) against Tennessee (Nov. 24) ... added another double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) against Coppin State (Nov. 29) ... tallied 14 points in three consecutive games (at Seton Hall, North Texas, UT-Arlington) ... reached double-digits in scoring in each of the first eight contests ... posted 10 points (4-of-5 FG) against Centenary (Dec. 22) ... set a career high with seven blocks (just one shy of the UT single-game record) against UT-San Antonio (Dec. 29) ... did not play against Baylor (Jan. 9) while serving a one-game suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct in the Memphis game (Jan. 6) ... posted five straight double-figure scoring performances midway through league play (Jan. 22 at No. 18 Oklahoma through Feb. 8 at Colorado) ... had 12 points and seven rebounds in the home win against Texas Tech (Jan. 25) ... tallied 16 points in a career-high 40 minutes against Iowa State (Feb. 5) ... returned to record 16 points and eight boards in 36 minutes at Colorado (Feb. 8) ... had 12 points (6-of-9 FG) and seven rebounds at Texas Tech (Feb. 22) ... posted his third double-double of the season with 15 points, 10 boards, a career-high three steals and three blocks against Missouri (Feb. 26) ... followed with 15 points and seven boards against No. 20 Oklahoma (Feb. 28) ... scored 12 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds in the Big 12 tourney loss to Colorado (March 10) ... concluded his collegiate career in style with a career-high 20 points (10-of-25 FG) to go along with six boards and three blocks during the NCAA First Round loss to Nevada (March 17) ... his 10 field goals made also were a career high and his 25 field goal attempts tied a UT single-game record for a NCAA Tournament contest (25, Larry Robinson vs. Creighton on March 9, 1974).
As a Junior in 2003-04
Honorable mention All-Big 12 selection (coaches) ... one of five players named to the Big 12 All-Reserve team ... also earned a spot on the five-person Big 12 All-Improved team ... shared the squad's Most Improved Player with Kenton Paulino ... played in 32 of a possible 33 games (did not play at Texas A&M on Feb. 18 due to a back injury), making seven starts ... started all six games during the postseason (Big 12 and NCAA Tournament) ... ranked second on the team in blocks (27) and sixth in scoring (7.0 ppg) and rebounding (3.9 rpg) while playing 16.7 minutes per contest ... third on the squad in field goal percentage (.495) ... after averaging 4.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in 10.2 minutes per game during the first 12 contests, he averaged 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in 20.6 minutes per game over his final 20 contests ... had nine points and eight boards in 18 minutes while getting the starting nod in the season opener against Brown (Nov. 17) ... recorded nine points (3-of-3 FG) in 12 minutes during the home win against Nebraska (Jan. 17) ... tallied 10 points (4-of-8 FG) and three blocks in 16 minutes against No. 24 Oklahoma State (Jan. 24) ... registered eight points (4-of-7 FG) and seven boards in 22 minutes during the overtime win at No. 13 Texas Tech (Jan. 26) ... had 10 points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes at Texas A&M (Jan. 31) ... recorded 13 points (5-of-6 FG) and six boards in 22 minutes at Iowa State (Feb. 14) ... added six points and six rebounds, including two boards in the final 38 seconds that helped seal the win, at Oklahoma (Feb. 21) ... posted 11 points (4-of-8 FG) and six boards in 20 minutes during the home win against Texas Tech (Feb. 28) ... registered a career-high 19 points (15 in the second half) while hitting 9-of-13 field goals in 25 minutes at No. 8 Oklahoma State (March 1) ... emerged as a go-to player in the post during the Big 12 Tournament, averaging a team-best 14.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg while hitting 16-of-27 (.593) field goals and 10-of-13 (.769) free throws during the three games ... posted 13 points (5-of-5 FG) in 24 minutes during the quarterfinal win against Oklahoma (March 12) ... registered 14 points and tied his career high with eight boards in 23 minutes during the semifinal victory against No. 18 Kansas (March 13) ... tallied a team-high 15 points and two blocks in a career-high 27 minutes during the championship game against No. 7 Oklahoma State (March 14) ... posted 10 points (5-of-7 FG) and five boards in 25 minutes during the NCAA Second Round win against No. 18 North Carolina (March 20).
As a Sophomore in 2002-03
Steadily improved throughout the season while serving as the backup to James Thomas at center ... played in 32 of the 33 games (did not play against Notre Dame) and made one start (Mount St. Mary's) ... ranked third on the team in blocks (21) and field goal percentage (.500) ... also ranked eighth on the squad in scoring (4.3 ppg) ... led or tied for the team lead in blocked shots in nine contests ... upped his scoring average to 5.5 ppg in Big 12 play ... recorded six points (2-of-4 FG) and tied a career high with eight rebounds in 16 minutes at No. 1 Arizona (Dec. 15) ... posted 10 points (4-of-6 FG) and five boards in 17 minutes during the Big 12 home opener against Iowa State (Jan. 11) ... registered a season-high 15 points (7-of-10 FG) in 23 minutes in the home victory against Texas A&M (Jan. 18) ... also set a career high in field goals made during the win over the Aggies ... tallied eight points (4-of-8 FG), five rebounds and three blocks in a career-high 26 minutes at No. 12 Kansas (Jan. 27) ... had eight points (3-of-6 FG) and five boards in the win at Texas A&M (Feb. 8) ... posted eight points (3- of-4 FG) in 19 minutes during the home victory against No. 5 Oklahoma (Feb. 10) ... his jump hook in the lane with 1:10 left proved to be the key basket down the stretch in the win against the Sooners ... recorded eight points in 14 minutes in the home win against Texas Tech (Feb. 17) ... registered six points (3-of-5 FG) and six rebounds in 12 minutes during the NCAA First Round win against UNC Asheville (March 21) ... had six points (3-of-6 FG) and four boards (two offensive) in 10 minutes in the NCAA "Sweet 16" victory against No. 23 Connecticut (March 30) ... served as UT's representative during the 2002 Big 12 Conference All-Star tour of Scandanavia (Aug. 5-16) ... tied for third on the team in rebounding (5.0 rpg) and converted 11-of-13 (.846) free throws while helping the All-Stars post a 6-0 record.
As a Redshirt Freshman in 2001-02
Team's Most Improved Player (player vote) ... played in all 34 games (three starts) ... averaged 11.9 minutes per game off the bench at the center position ... tied for third on the team with 21 blocks ... averaged 3.5 ppg and 3.2 rpg ... led or tied for the team lead in blocks in six contests ... posted eight points (4-of-5 FG) and five rebounds in 16 minutes vs. Oregon State (Nov. 22) ... posted a team-high four blocks at UNLV (Dec. 22) ... had six points, five boards and two blocks at Utah (Dec. 29) ... registered six points (3-of-5 FG) and six rebounds in a season-best 22 minutes vs. Providence (Jan. 7) ... had a career night with nine points on 4-of-5 shooting and eight rebounds vs. Nebraska (Jan. 19) ... a key contributor during the Big 12 Tournament, averaging 7.0 ppg while hitting 5-of-8 (.625) field goals and 5.5 rpg in 15.5 mpg during the two contests ... posted eight points on 3-of-4 FG and five boards in 13 minutes during the quarterfinal win vs. Missouri (March 8) ... registered six points, six rebounds and three blocks in 18 minutes during the semifinal loss vs. No. 4 Oklahoma (March 9) ... had six points on 3-of-4 FG, three boards, an assist and a steal in 15 minutes during the "Sweet 16" loss to Oregon (March 22).
As a Freshman in 2000-01
Played in three games (backup center) and saw a total of six minutes of game action ... suffered a sprained right ankle during practice on Dec. 4 and did not see game action after the injury ... granted a medical redshirt year by the NCAA following the season.
Klein Forest High School in Klein, Texas (head coach Larry Pitre) ... ranked as the No. 5 high school prospect in the state of Texas by Mike Kunstadt's Texas Hoops following his senior season ... averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks per game during his senior season ... led his team to a 32-5 overall record and a runner-up finish at the Class 5A state tournament ... posted 17 points and eight boards in a head-to-head matchup with UT recruit Brian Boddicker in the state semifinals, guiding Klein Forest to a 59-29 victory over Duncanville ... had a team-high 18 points, six boards and three blocks in a losing effort in the state finals ... first-team all-state selection by the coaches ... second-team all-state choice by the media ... second-team All-Area pick by the Houston Chronicle ... ranked as the 76th-best high school prospect in the nation by Bob Gibbons' All-Star Report heading into his senior year ... averaged 12 points, 11 rebounds and two blocks per game as a junior.
Full name is Jason Joseph Klotz ... son of Norbert and Terri Klotz ... born Oct. 16, 1981 in Houston, Texas ... majoring in youth and community studies.