Keith Appling averaged 11.2 points and 4.6 assists as a senior at Michigan State. (Dale G. Young / Detroit News)
There has been plenty of attention on former Michigan State standouts Gary Harris and Adreian Payne as the NBA draft draws near.
Harris is a likely lottery pick and Payne won’t go long after that. But those aren’t the only former Spartans hoping to hear their names called on June 26. For former guard Keith Appling, the goal is just the same -- if not quite as certain.
Appling’s agent, Michael Silverman, said the former Detroit Pershing star was working out with Phoenix on Tuesday and by the end of next week would also have workouts with Detroit, Toronto and Minnesota.
The jury is still out on Appling as some mock drafts have him going late in the second round and others have him not being selected at all. An injury to his right wrist in the second half of the season derailed what had been an outstanding year for Appling at Michigan State and has likely hurt his draft stock.
But Silverman said Appling is completely healthy at this point and has plenty to offer.
“He was a lock as an early- to mid-second round pick,” Silverman said. “Then he had the drop-off the last half of the year. But I don’t think there is any question he is an NBA player. I think teams are excited to see him as the guy he was (before the injury).
“It only takes one team. … All I know is he can defend the ball, can run the team and can take the ball to the rack.”