EAST LANSING - Showing poise, talent and ability well beyond his years, sophomore point guard Keith Appling demonstrated to all onlookers at the Breslin Center why he is among the nation's top players at his position.
Appling almost single-handedly brought back the Pershing Doughboys from the brink of elimination against the Romulus Eagles.
"He was almost like a one-man press out there" stated GSN analyst T.J. Kelley who was one of those in attendance at the Breslin.
Appling put on a masterful performance with 17 points - most of them in the second half - and five steals to bring the Doughboys to the state finals where they fell to eventual champion Saginaw.
Appling told GSN afterward, "I haven't received a scholarship offer from Michigan State yet, but they're telling me it will be soon," he said.
And why not?
It's pretty clear that the next two seasons will only refine and improve Appling's stock. He gave Iowa State-bound Dominique Buckley fits in the semi-final matchup.
"Keith is a great player," admittted Buckley, who fouled out in the second half trying to contain the sophomore.
"He was able to get into the paint and get to the rack. I love playing against him, he's a great talent, " said Buckley.
Appling related that he watches Michigan State basketball closely and will be watching them in the NCAA tournament.
Here's believing that Appling will eventually don the "Green and White" if his development continues on apace.
TOMORROW: A highlight video of Appling displaying his skills exclusively on GSN.
Pershing's Appling: "Expecting an offer soon"
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