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    Just got word from the Tyrone Appleton (JUCO PG out of Midland CC) camp that he will be in Ames tonight on a visit for the game. Still not sure if it's official or not.



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    Re: MBB Recruiting Tidbit

    That is huge. He would be a great get for us.



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    Re: MBB Recruiting Tidbit

    I'd love to get this kid, and allow all the rest of the young guys to develop at a regular pace. Throwing all of these freshman in the mix isn't always a great idea IMO.




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    Re: MBB Recruiting Tidbit

    They should make it a rule that no visits can occur without the student section in place. It looks like crap without organized chaos.



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    Re: MBB Recruiting Tidbit

    Quote Originally Posted by HandSanitizer View Post
    They should make it a rule that no visits can occur without the student section in place. It looks like crap without organized chaos.

    Hopefully more than 8K show up... Gonna be tough without students.



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    Re: MBB Recruiting Tidbit

    Chris. Don't write an article about this guy. We want him here. Just kidding.



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    Re: MBB Recruiting Tidbit

    Tyrone Appleton is from Gary, Indiana. So I'm guessing Mac could have hit up him and Darius Stevens both



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    Re: MBB Recruiting Tidbit

    Quote Originally Posted by Knownothing View Post
    Chris. Don't write an article about this guy. We want him here. Just kidding.
    Gotta love it!


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    Re: MBB Recruiting Tidbit

    I don't know about his other options, but he should like his chances of making an immediate impact at ISU.



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    Re: MBB Recruiting Tidbit

    Here is his profile. Looks old though.

    Tyrone Appleton - Basketball Recruiting



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    Re: MBB Recruiting Tidbit

    Can he trasfer at the semester break and play during Big XII league play? (Just wishful thinking, not a real question)



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    Re: MBB Recruiting Tidbit

    Quote Originally Posted by arganbright2 View Post
    Tyrone Appleton is from Gary, Indiana. So I'm guessing Mac could have hit up him and Darius Stevens both
    that's exactly what I was thinking!! He would be a huge get. that'd be nice to go to Gary Indiana and leave there with 2 commitments in on trip!



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    This article says that he is actually a "true shooting guard":

    A lot of things did not go as Tyrone Appleton originally planned last year, but that wasn't not so bad.

    Appleton did not expect to play point guard at Midland College last year and he probably didn't even imagine winning a national championship in the first year of playing junior college basketball.

    But Appleton, a true shooting guard, found out that anything was possible as he could play the point and lead a team to its first national championship in 25 years.

    Entering this season, Appleton is not only a veteran point guard for the Chaparrals, he's a preseason NJCAA All-American. While nobody on No. 4-ranked Midland College men's basketball team is talking about a national championship this season, Appleton is one that should know that anything is possible.

    "I just want us to win our first game, that's the first goal," said Appleton, who averaged 14 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists a game for the 29-8 Chaparrals last season. "Everybody is going to want to get us, knowing we won a national championship. But (head coach Grant McCasland) has done a good job of preparing us for different situations we're going to face this season."

    Appleton is one of three lettermen returning from last year's national championship squad as he is joined by Midland High product Marcus Washington and 6-foot-8 post Darris Santee. Adrian Van Buren, another MHS graduate, is out for the season with a knee injury, leaving Appleton as the only returning starter.

    "We've got a few players coming back who know what it takes to win a national championship, so we're just going to help the other guys out and try to lead them," Appleton said.

    Being a leader is something else Appleton has learned to do. Last year, he counted on players such as Jordan Brooks and Nemanja Calasan to be the vocal leaders of the team. Now he is the on most players will lean on when times get tough.

    "I just have to be more vocal this year," he said.

    McCasland said he's not putting any pressure on Appleton to be a leader for his team.

    "I think that's something that you have to earn just like any of our other guys," McCasland said. "He's come in every day, worked hard and has let the leadership speak for itself.

    "Tyrone to me typifies what our team is this year. I would say that his greatest quality is his confidence and the ability to make other people around him better."

    Just what he accomplished last year, proved that he could be a leader for a very talented team. When projected starter Ryan McCoy was sidelined with health problems at the beginning of last season, Appleton was asked to take on an unfamiliar role as point guard. He said the entire season was a learning process but he learned to adjust to the new responsibilities.

    "Coach wanted me to play (point guard), so I guess he had the confidence in me," he said. "I just wanted to show him that I could play multiple positions. I feel I'm more prepared to play the position this year."

    McCasland said Appleton is not a typical point guard that looks to pass first and shoot second. And even though Appleton is not a flashy player, McCasland said he finds a way to get the job done.

    "He took a lot of ownership and made that position unique to him," McCasland said. "He's going to do what it takes to win. It doesn't always look great but when it's all said and done, but it's hard to say anybody else impacts his team more than he does."

    Appleton said this team has a chance to be very good as the Chaps appear to be a better shooting team than last year's, plus they have a national championship trophy as their motivation. And like McCasland, Appleton is not placing any added pressure on repeating. He's said he's just worried on taking one game at a time.

    "This is a completely different team and I think we'll play a little different than last year," McCasland said. "We haven't talked about winning a national championship. We have talked a lot about the dedication and effort that it takes to be a champion."

    And nobody knows more about dedication and being a champion than Appleton.


    ©MyWestTexas.com 2007



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    Re: MBB Recruiting Tidbit

    Anyone else notice that his rival profile said he comitted to VA Tech last Thursday?



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    Re: MBB Recruiting Tidbit

    Quote Originally Posted by snowcraig2.0 View Post
    That is huge. He would be a great get for us.
    any PG that doesnt suck would be huge for us


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