A native of Gary, Ind. (Harmony Prep), Appleton averaged 13.2 points (46 percent shooting), 5.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game last season for 28-4 Midland. Appleton led the Western Junior College Athletic Conference in scoring, assists and steals as he was named MVP of the league. He was also named second team NJCAA All-American in 2007-08.
“Tyrone is a do-everything guard,” Self said.
“He’s a good shooter. He’s a good
handler. He can play the one (guard) or the two (guard). He will fit in
well with the way we play with our interchangeable parts on the
“Tyrone has won big at the junior college level and certainly
has sacrificed individual stats for the betterment of his
team,” Self said. “We were sold on Tyrone when we
first came in contact with him. He’s going to be a terrific
addition to a young basketball team from a talent standpoint but most
importantly from a leadership standpoint.”
As a freshman in 2006-07, Appleton led Midland to the NJCAA national
title in which the Chaparrals went 29-8. He was second on the team with
14 points per game, including a team-best 16.4 points per game in
league play. He also averaged 3.2 assists and 1.9 steals for the
Chaparrals. Appleton played for coach Grant McCasland while at Midland.
“Having played for Coach McCasland – having won the
national championship his freshman year and they had a terrific team
this year – Tyrone has been well drilled and I am sure the
transition will be smooth with him coming into our system,”
Appleton joins five future Jayhawks who signed national letters of
intent last November. Those include junior college transfer Mario Little of Chicago, Ill., and freshmen Marcus Morris and Markieff Morris
of Philadelphia, Pa., Travis Releford of Kansas City and Quintrell Thomas of Elizabeth, N.J.
2008-09 Kansas Men’s Basketball Signees (April 16)
Tyrone Appleton – 6-3, 195, G, Gary, Ind. (Harmony
Prep/Midland [Texas] College)
Mario Little – 6-5, 210, G/F, Chicago, Ill. (Washington
HS/Chipola [Fla.] CC)
Marcus Morris – 6-8 ½, 220, F, Philadelphia, Pa.
(Prep Charter HS/APEX Academy [N.J.])
Markieff Morris – 6-10, 230, F/C, Philadelphia, Pa. (Prep
Charter HS/APEX Academy [N.J.])
Travis Releford – 6-5, G/F, Roeland Park, Kan. (Bishop Miege
Quintrell Thomas – 6-8, 235, F, Elizabeth, N.J. (Saint
Appleton Inks With KU
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