The Associated Press and the Gainesville Sun are reporting that Ryan Appleby, RivalsHoops.com's number 36 player in the class of 2003 has committed to Billy Donovan's Florida Gators. Appleby was scheduled to hold a news conference Saturday to announce his decision to play for the Gators.
Earlier this month, the 6-2, 160 pound point guard from Stanwood H.S. in Stanwood, WA, told Russ Blake that he had narrowed his field to five schools: Florida, Stanford, Missouri, N.C. State and California.
Appleby officially visited Florida the weekend of June 16. "It was good," he told us earlier. "I liked the campus and everything and the coaches were nice. They definitely improved their chances."
A dynamic presence on the court blessed with keen awareness, Appleby is one of the top point guards in the Class of 2003. He says he had modeled his game after the late NBA great Pistol Pete Maravich and the Memphis Grizzlies' Jason Williams.
Appleby averaged 18.1 points, 10.2 assists and 2.5 steals as a junior at Stanwood High School while helping his team to the semifinals of the state tournament. He had a career-best 22 assists in one game last season.
Appleby is scheduled to play with the Emerald City Pioneers at the adidas Big Time and Best of the Summer Tournaments in Las Vegas and Los Angeles, respectively.