The Michigan State Spartans rolled into Detroit and snagged themselves a good one from the Class of 2010. Presently ranked the No. 30 recruiting in the rising junior class, 6-foot-1 Pershing combo guard Keith Appling fulfilled a dream Friday afternoon.
While on campus, Appling let coach Tom Izzo know of his decision. “We went into his office and he told us a little more about the school. I basically told him I was ready. He said he was ecstatic.”
Izzo and Co. has to be pleased. This is a kid they trailed all summer long. Knowing full well that Appling wanted to be a Spartan, they put the press on him. Appling’s decision should come as no surprise. Word’s been out that once the Spartans offered they’d be tough to beat.
On Friday, Appling admitted his infatuation with the Spartans. “Ever since they started recruiting me I wanted to go there. Its their past history and Tom Izzo. I used to watch them a lot growing up.”
Appling has distinguished himself in virtually every setting he’s partaken in this summer. His ability to score the basketball has been evident. Getting into the lane and finding the bottom of the net hasn’t been an issue at all. MSU’s pitch to him included comparing him to its current starter and a former stalwart from the national title team.
“They compare me to Kalin Lucas and Mateen Cleaves. We all can run a team and get into the lane and create for ourselves.”
Those guys are talented and a career mimicking them would be tremendous. At this stage, Appling’s more advanced as a scorer than either one of them was entering his junior year. If Appling can borrow from Cleaves' book on leadership and Lucas' speed work he'll be quite the recruit.