Keith Appling

Position: Guard
Height:  6-1 • 186 cms
Weight: 180 lbs • 82 kgs
School: Michigan State '14
Hometown:  Detroit, Michigan

USA Basketball Notes:

  • Named as a finalist to the 2011 USA Basketbll Men's U19 National Team on June 19, 2011.
  • Named a participant for the 2011 USA U19 World Championship Team training camp on June 12, 2011.

College Honors:

  • Recipient of MSU's 2010-11 Best Defensive Player Award.

College Notes:

  • Attends Michigan State University and helped lead team to a 19-15 overall record and the 2011 NCAA Tournament second round.
  • As a freshman in 2010-11, appeared in 34 games, started 18, including 16 Big Ten contests. Averaged 6.4 points and 2.8 rebounds. Shot a team-best 41.1 percent from 3-point range (39-95), and also led the squad with a 89.5 free throw percentage (34-38) for players with at least 20 attempts.
  • Made 39 3-point field goals to rank third all-time among Spartan freshman, while his 95 attempts rank fourth and his 41.1 percentage ranks fifth.
  • Scored 14 points in his Spartan debut versus Eastern Michigan (11/12/10), ranking fifth all-time among Spartan freshman debuts.
  • Scored in double figures in eight games, led the squad in scoring twice, in rebounding twice and in assists twice.
  • Scored a season-best 19 points in MSU's 71-67 overtime win against Northwestern (1/15/11); his 3-pointer put the Spartans ahead for good in the extra period. Connected on 5-of-8 3-pointers against the Wildcats.
  • Scored 18 points versus Iowa (3/2/11), hitting 7-of-8 from the field, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, and added six rebounds.
  • Blocked five shots versus Northwestern (1/3/11), tying the fourth-best single-game effort by a Spartan and the most ever by a guard./li>

High School Honors:

  • Listed as a 2010 McDonald’s High School All-American, helped the West to a 107-104 win with 10 points, two rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes.
  • Named Michigan’s 2010 Mr. Basketball.
  • Named to the 2009 and 2010 All-State Dream Team by the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News.
  • Earned 2009 and 2010 All-Metro first team honors from the Detroit Free Press.
  • Named the 2009 Michigan Class A Player of the Year by the Associated Press and 2009 All-Detroit.
  • Named 2008 All-State Class A second team by the Detroit Free Press.
  • Earned 2008 All-Metro second team and All-Detroit first team honors from the Detroit Free Press.
  • Named 2008 All-State third team and All-Metro by The Detroit News.

High School Notes:

  • Attended Pershing High School (Mich.), where he averaged 28.1 ppg., 6.0 rpg.a nd 5.0 apg. as a senior in leading Pershing to the 2010 Detroit Public School League title and a 21-3 record.
  • Scored a state title game record 49 points in the 2009 Michigan Class A Tournament final game to lead Pershing to the state championship and also captured the 2009 Detroit PSL title; averaged 23.9 ppg., 6.0 apg. and 5.0 rpg.
  • Averaged 20.9 ppg., 4.2 rpg. and 2.8 apg. as a sophomore in helping lead Pershing to the Michigan Class A title game.
  • Competed in the summers for the Michigan Mustangs and the REACH Legends.

Personal Notes:

  • Born Keith Damon Appling on Feb. 13, 1992 in Detroit, Mich.
  • Son of Tottie Collins and Keith Appling, Sr. Has three brothers, Kenneth Appling, Keion Appling and Mark Mayberry; and three sisters, Kyanna Appling, Mareya Mayberry and Lateia Appling.
  • Was a member of his school’s Honor Roll with a 3.5 GPA.

The Inside Scoop:

  • Has post-basketball ambitions of becoming a sports announcer on ESPN.
  • Favorite Internet sports site is ESPN.com and non-sports site is Facebook.com.
  • Favorite sport other than basketball is cross country.
  • Attended the same school as 2000 Olympic gold medalist Steve Smith.
  • Favorite player is 2008 Olympic gold medalist Kobe Bryant and team is the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • The strangest place he’s ever played basketball was somewhere in Canada. The best basketball game he’s ever watched was between Michigan State and Michigan.
  • The best player he’s ever faced is Eric Evans.
  • Wants to go one-on-one against two-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Jordan.
  • The most impressive person he’s ever met is 1992 Olympic gold medalist Magic Johnson.
  • Favorite announcer is Dick Vitale.
  • Enjoys relaxing when he’s away from the court.
  • Most people don’t know that he’s an honor roll student.
  • The most interesting place he’s ever visited is New York.
  • His first basketball memory was his first dunk.
  • This right-hander wears No. 32 because he just likes the number.
  • Superstitious about having to wear two pair of socks when he plays.
  • Can’t live without TV and McDonald’s.
  • Favorite foods are fried chicken and macaroni and cheese.