Sure, Keith Appling might have experienced a sophomore slump in the shooting department for Michigan State last year. However, the rest of his game showed vast improvement and maturity from the 2010-11 season, and much of the same is expected in 2012-13.
Another increase in his workload is a given with the departure of do-it-all Draymond Green. Appling returns to East Lansing for his third year under Tom Izzo, and he'll have increased responsibility on a team with only one senior.
As the incumbent point guard for a team with Final Four aspirations, maturity and improvement will once again be at the forefront of Appling's season.
It is safe to say all eyes will be watching Appling's junior season for Michigan State. Here are three areas of his game he can elevate in 2012-13: