Michigan HS Alumni Preseason College All-American Team
Written by Stephen Bell
Friday, 01 November 2013 17:22
Keith Appling 6-1 Sr Michigan State (Detroit Pershing/Mustangs) The one-time Mr. Basketball, state champion and McDonald's All-American will be a four-year starter for Michigan State. And year No. 4 could be a big one, as many are picking the Spartans to win their third NCAA title. Shouldering more responsibilities as a junior in a lineup sans Draymond Green, Appling led the Spartans with 13.0 points and 3.3 assists per game. While not a natural point guard, he's reported to have put in a lot of work on that aspect of the game over the summer. Where he's really excelled throughout his college tenure has been as a defender. The instinctive, prolific scorer we knew in his Doughboy days may be lurking somewhere in Appling, but was hindered last year by 40% field goal shooting.
Those in need of a summer hoops fix know weekends in Lansing are about the Moneyball Pro-Am League. There fans can see not just MSU's stars, but other current and future college standouts with Michigan ties. League games start 3 pm every weekend starting Saturday, July 6 at Pattengill Middle School. The championship is the first weekend of August. Click here for Moneyball schedule and rosters. Below are a starting fives worth of current college players and former Michigan standouts, worth seeing in addition to the MSU contingent.
Travis Bader 6-5 Sr Oakland/Okemos (Team Black) He had 47 points in a real game. What's he going to do against breezy summer defense? Good chance to see one of the elite shooters in all of college basketball. Bader's on pace to be the most prolific three-point maker in NCAA history.