Keith Appling

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Keith Appling
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No. 3 – Erie BayHawks
Position Point guard
League NBA Development League
Personal information
Born (1992-02-13) February 13, 1992 (age 23)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Pershing (Detroit, Michigan)
College Michigan State (2010–2014)
NBA draft 2014 / Undrafted
Pro career 2014–present
Career history
2014–2015 Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League)
2015–present Erie BayHawks (D-League)
Career highlights and awards

Keith Damon Appling (born February 13, 1992) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League. He played college basketball for Michigan State University.[1]

High school career[edit]

Appling played high school basketball at Pershing High School in Detroit. In 2009, as a junior, he led his team to win the Michigan High School Athletic Association Class A Basketball Championship.[2] During the title game, he set a MHSAA Championship Game record by scoring 49 points.[3] The next year, as a senior, he was the Mr. Basketball of Michigan award winner.[4] At the end of his high school career, he was considered a high level recruit and was the 34th ranked player using the RSCI (Recruiting Services Consensus Index) rankings. In his senior campaign, Appling averaged 28 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.[5] He was selected to play in the 2010 McDonald's All-American Boys Game during which he scored 10 points.

College career[edit]

As a freshman at MSU, Appling averaged 6.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game, while shooting over 41% from three-point range. In his sophomore year, he averaged 11.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. He earned All-Big Ten third team honors while leading the Spartans to the Big Ten regular season and tournament championship. In his junior year, he started every game and lead the Spartans in scoring with 13.4 points a game and assists with 3.3 per game while earning All-Big Ten second team honors. In his senior year, he averaged 11.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game.[1][6]

Professional career[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2014 NBA draft, Appling joined the Portland Trail Blazers for the 2014 NBA Summer League. On September 23, 2014, he signed with the Los Angeles Lakers,[7] however, the Lakers waived him on October 20.[8] On November 1, he was acquired by the Los Angeles D-Fenders as an affiliate player[9] and on March 7, 2015, he was traded to the Erie BayHawks in exchange for the returning player rights to Cleveland Melvin.[10]

In July 2015, Appling joined the Orlando Magic white team for the 2015 NBA Summer League[11] and on September 24, he signed with the Magic.[12] However, on October 19, he was waived by the Magic after appearing in five preseason games.[13] On October 31, he was reacquired by the Erie BayHawks.[14]


  1. ^ a b "Keith Appling Bio". Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ "2009 MHSAA Boys Basketball Finals". Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  3. ^ "MHSAA Record Book". Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Detroit Pershing's Keith Appling wins Mr. Basketball". March 22, 2010. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Keith Appling wins lopsided Mr. Basketball vote". March 22, 2010. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Keith Appling Stats". Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Lakers Sign Four to Training Camp Roster". September 23, 2014. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Lakers Waive Appling and Tyler". October 20, 2014. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  9. ^ "D-Fenders Finalize Training Camp Roster". November 1, 2014. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  10. ^ "BayHawks Trade for Appling". March 7, 2015. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Orlando Magic Announce Rosters for Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League". June 30, 2015. Retrieved September 25, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Magic Sign Four Free Agents To Round Out Training Camp Roster". September 24, 2015. Retrieved September 24, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Magic Waive Appling and Sibert". October 19, 2015. Retrieved October 19, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Erie BayHawks Announce Affiliate, Returning Players". October 31, 2015. Retrieved October 31, 2015. 

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