June 25, 2009

Video: Appling without peer at Izzo Shootout

EAST LANSING - Last weekend at the NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp, Detroit Pershing standout Keith Appling finished in the Top 10 among all players in attendance in scoring with an average of 12 points per game.

Before traveling to NBA Players Top 100 Camp, Appling put on a show at the Tom Izzo Spartan Shootout, leading his high school team Detroit Pershing to the championship game where the Doughboys fell to Chicago powerhouse Whitney Young.

Appling had a memorable performance on the court of the Breslin Center against Kalamazoo Central in a rematch of the Class A state championship game. In that game, Appling set the finals single game scoring record with a remarkable 49-point performance against the Maroon Giants.

With a running clock format at the Izzo Shootout, Appling was not able to replicate his record setting performance. But he did put on a dazzling show of long-range bombs, difficult pull-up jumpers, and a few spectacular maneuvers in transition.

After capping off the first day of the Izzo Shootout with a win over Class A runner-up Kalamazoo Central, Appling continued to dazzle on Saturday. Appling was outstanding in wins over Grand Ledge, Gabriel Richard, and Muskegon Heights among others.

Embedded in the story above is flash video of each of Appling's games at the Tom Izzo Spartan shootout including Appling's first meeting with Whitney Young, a victory, and a showdown with rising 2011 point guard Patrick Lucas-Perry.

Click on the links below if you want to watch Appling highlights with better clarity in full screen format.

The footage of Appling in this story was shot by Paul Konyndyk and Rico Beard.

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