Appling Gets MSU Offer and Three More

Appling Gets MSU Offer and Three More

While players like Trey Zeigler of Mount Pleasant and Brandan Kearney of Detroit Southeastern are getting a lot of ink - and some suggestion that each of them have surpassed him, Pershing guard Keith Appling is keeping a low profile, working hard on his game and taking a few lumps with his AAU squad R.E.A.C.H. basketball.

DETROIT - While players like Trey Zeigler of Mount Pleasant and Brandan Kearney of Detroit Southeastern are getting a lot of ink - and some suggestion that each of them have surpassed him, Pershing guard Keith Appling is keeping a low profile, working hard on his game and taking a few lumps with his AAU squad R.E.A.C.H. basketball.

Appling checked in with GSN to tell us about his season "It was alright, I had fun. We didn't win that much but it was fun."

How many games did they win?

"I can't even tell you, but I think we won more than we lost."

One game Appling did remember was when his team got paired in the draw against Ohio State 2010 commitment, 6-foot-7, 225-pound Jared Sullinger's All Red Ohio AAU squad of Columbus (OH).

Appling said that R.E.A.C.H has three tournaments left, with their next one in NY2LA Next Level Invitational in Milwaukee.

Appling has been receiving mail and interest from "Michigan State, Michigan, Indiana, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Syracuse, Memphis, Marquette, Cincinnati and DePaul."

But Appling confirmed exclusively to GSN, that he finally got the MSU offer he had been expecting.

"Yeah, I got offers from Michigan State, Xavier, Tennesee and DePaul."

So then did he commit to Michigan State once he got the offer? "No, I'm not ready yet."

Appling said that he wants to take a few more visits before making a decision and that he may not make it until his junior season begins.

So when did he get the offer?

"When I went up there (to East Lansing) on an unofficial visit." And while he didn't get the offer the same week that Russell Byrd received his, he said "I got it two weeks later."

Appling said he was proud to get the offer and said it made him feel wanted by MSU. When asked what he liked about the Spartans, Appling replied, "It a good program, they've got nice facilities and I like the coach."

And how about the presence of former teammate Derrick Nix? "That's a good fit for him," said Appling who said the move by Nix didn't need much for him."

So what about the talk that other guards have passed him as the top young guard in the state, like Brandon Kearney? "(He's good.) I've played against him. But we beat (Southeastern) them both times," he said.

And Mt. Pleasant's Trey Ziegler? "I've never played him," he said. But Appling noted, they could end up on the floor if both teams advance in the State Basketball tournament since both are in Class A.

Appling believes that Pershing, with he, Nix and Tevon Conrad returning will be a tough team ready for another run in the state tournament, but will have a big hole to fill without graduating senior Demetrius Ward. Junior to be Juwan Howard is set to try to fill Ward's position.

Its going to be hard (for him) trying to (replace Ward), but I think he can do it."

Appling is hoping and planning to spring a surprise on last year's champion Saginaw who ousted them in the Finals last season. "Yeah, no doubt," laughed Appling when asked if Saginaw would be tough again.

"Yeah, we've hope we got something for them this time," he laughed.

In the meantime, Appling isn't taking his status as the state's top guard or his team's shot at winning a State Championship for granted. He's putting in tons of work and hoping that it pays off.

"I'm just working out at my high school," he said. "I mean I just want to work on everything so it'll be perfect. I work on my pull up (jumper), my three (point shot), my dribbling, left hand, right hand, stuff like that."

"AAU season helped me to see some things I need to work on," he said.

Now with a MSU offer in his pocket, look for Appling to work hard to cement his status as the #1 point guard in the state so that when his time comes, he's the man running the point in the Green and White uniform.

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