Al-Kaleem, Appleby granted releases

<B>GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- </B>Guards Rashid Al-Kaleem and Ryan Appleby have been granted their releases from the University of Florida basketball program, allowing each athlete to pursue other opportunities, head coach Billy Donovan announced on Friday.

"I enjoyed having the opportunity to coach both Rashid and Ryan," said Donovan. "They're both great kids and I wish nothing but the best of luck as they pursue their goals and dreams."

A native of Dorchester, Mass., Al-Kaleem appeared in 40 games over his two years at Florida, averaging 2.5 points per game for his career as a Gator. The sophomore shooting guard averaged 3.0 points per game in 2003-04, seeing action in 21 games while making his first career start in the Gators' victory over West Virginia at the Orange Bowl Classic.

Primarily a three-point shooter, Al-Kaleem hit 36.6 percent from beyond the arc during his sophomore season, connecting on 15-of-41 attempts. Of his 33 baskets during his UF career, 23 were three-pointers.

Appleby, a freshman point guard from Stanwood, Wash., saw action in 23 games this season, starting the season-opener against Montana State where he notched six assists. For the year he had 27 assists to 22 turnovers while averaging 1.0 points per game. Five of his six field goals were from three-point range, as he hit 35.7 percent from beyond the arc, connecting on 5-of-14 attempts.

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