|23 Ryan Appleby
One of the top rated backcourt preps in the nation… Possesses incredible vision on the floor and the ability to get his teammates involved … A deadly outside shooter, he can score or pass the ball with equal efficiency…
PREP - Averaged 24.0 points and 9.0 assists per game en route to earning First Team All-State honors (Wash.) in 2002-03… Earned First Team All-State honors along with three other top Division I signees, Aaron Brooks of Oregon and Loderick and Roderick Stewart of Southern California… Runner-up for Mr. Basketball in the state of Washington… Rated the No. 43 high school prospect in the country by Rivalshoops.com and a consensus top 10 point guard by all major recruiting services… Left Stanwood High as the school's all-time leader in points (1,709) and assists (763)… Averaged 18.2 points per game and 10.1 assists during his junior season, including a career-high 22-assist performance … Helped Stanwood High School reach the Washington Class 4A State Tournament in both his junior and senior seasons where they reached the semifinals in 2002… Committed to Florida on July 18, 2002 … Invited to try out for the U.S. Junior National Team in 2002…
PERSONAL: Chose Florida over Gonzaga and Oregon… Had a journal in the seventh grade where he penned, "I want to be a Gator"… Obsessed with "Pistol Pete" Maravich, constantly watching videos on the ball-handling and passing skills of the NCAA's all-time leading scorer… His father Mike played college basketball for Pacific University (Ore.)… Born on January 1, 1984.
What They Are Saying
"He liked the program, he liked the people, he loved the facility. He said, 'This is what I'm going to do.' This fits his goals."
- Ken Hopen, Appleby's grandfather.
"He makes everybody better, just because you have to try and keep up with him,"
- former high school teammate Dan Toshner
BEYOND BASKETBALL -
- Owns every video tape produced on "Pistol Pete" Maravich, the NCAA's all-time leading scorer
- He is a second generation college basketball player, as his father played for Pacific University (Ore.)
- Had a journal in the seventh grade where he penned, "I want to be a Gator"
- Invited to try out for the U.S. Junior National Team in 2002
- Born on New Year's Day, 1984