Appleby Wide Open

One of the best point guards in the junior class, Ryan Appleby from Stanwood, Washington, is open-minded about colleges...

Ryan Appleby, 6-2 JR PG, Stanwood (Wash.) High, is one of the top point guards in his class on the West Coast. Though he is receiving plenty of mail, he has put recruiting on the back burner, choosing to concentrate on finishing his high school season before contemplating his future.

His father, Mike, who played D-1 hoops at the University of the Pacific and is familiar with the process, is deeply involved in his recruiting. He also has an older sister who went through it as a volleyball recruit.

Dad told us recently, "We just want Ryan to get through this high school season and concentrate on that then work hard over the summer."

When we spoke to Appleby in November he rattled off a large early list, including Gonzaga, Missouri, Washington, Oregon St., St. Louis, Oregon, UConn, Florida St., UCLA, Stanford, Cal and New Mexico, while he said his dream school was Florida. He also said that Washington, Gonzaga and Oregon State had all been out to see him play.

Appleby has no preferences right now but both father and son are enjoying the process to an extent. "You only go through it once so we want Ryan to enjoy the moment," said Mike Appleby.

"Ryan loves to play," his father said. "He will look for the right environment and right style of play and make his decision based on those issues."

"We are hearing from roughly 20 of the top-25 schools in the nation right now as well as others. We appreciate the interest," Mike told us. But he also wants to make sure that the high school season comes first. Stanwood is 11-2 with Ryan averaging 16.9. He had a season-high 32 against Bellarmine Prep and just a week later scored just 5 in a game his team won by 41 points.

His scoring average is deceiving as he often passes up shots to get teammates involved in the offense. He has been in double-digit assists numerous times thus far. He had a d-d with 12 points and 10 assists in his last outing. In that game he was 4 for 4 from outside the arc and took only 6 shots.

Academically he maintains a 3.3 GPA. He's spending two and a half hours a night on the books reports his father.

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