Michigan State Basketball: Keith Appling Will Be the Go-to Guy Next Season

Trevor LowryContributor IJuly 6, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 22:  Keith Appling #11 of the Michigan State Spartans moves the ball while taking on the Louisville Cardinals during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball West Regional Semifinal game at US Airways Center on March 22, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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With the departure of Draymond Green, the Michigan State Spartans will need to find a new go-to guy for next season. Luckily, that guy is already on the team.

Keith Appling will be the man for Michigan State next season. 

Appling was second on the team in scoring last year, with 11.3 points per game. His 3.9 assists per game was a team-high. Expect both of his numbers in points and assists to go up next season.

Michigan State may have been led by a forward in 2012, but a guard will be leading the team in 2013.

Appling is best when he slashes his way to the rim, but he is also capable of knocking down shots from time to time. If Appling can get better from behind the arc, he will have a complete offensive game. He only made 25 percent of his threes last season and averaged under one three-pointer per game.

However, Appling was money from the free throw line, shooting 78.8 percent on the year.

Aside from his offensive abilities, Appling is also a very good defender. Last year, while Green tore it up on offense, Appling was just as effective on defense.

Now that Appling will have the green light to shoot the ball whenever he wants, he will be much more productive.


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