MSU head coach Tom Izzo addresses the media following the Spartans NCAA Tournament run.
The Spartans limited the Cavaliers to 35 percent (20 of 57) shooting from the field in the NCAA East Regional semifinal.
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Senior point guard redefining his role down the stretch.
MSU head coach Tom Izzo previews the Spartans' Sweet 16 matchup with No. 1-seed Virginia.
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Finished career among the MSU career leaders in starts (T-3rd, 123), games played (4th, 142), free throws made (7th, 389), 3-point field goals attempted (8th, 413), steals (8th, 151), assists (9th, 465), free throws attempted (10th, 520), and points (18th, 1,509).
Appeared in 35 games, starting 32, averaging 11.2 points, 4.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 31.5 minutes per contest Honorable-mention All-Big Ten honoree NABC Second-Team All-District selection MVP of the 2013 Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic after averaging 20.0 points and 4.5 assists in wins over Virginia Tech (11/22) and Oklahoma (11/23) Named Big Ten Player of the Week on Dec. 30, following a 27-point, 8-assist, 5-rebound effort against New Orleans (12/28) Bob Cousy Award semifinalist, while also appearing on the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25, Oscar Robertson Midseason Watch List and the Naismith Award Midseason Top 30 Co-recipient of MSU's Antonio Smith Glue and Guts Award Led the Spartans in assists (4.5 apg), ranking third in the Big Ten overall and second in conference games (4.5 apg) Ranked second in the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio overall (2.1) and third in conference games (1.9) Became the 18th player in MSU history to score 1,500 career points Led MSU in scoring in nine games and in assists in 20 contests Ranked second on the team in minutes (31.5 mpg) and third in games started (32) Ranked fifth on the team in 3-point field goals made (34) and attempted (94) Scored double-figure points in 19 contests, including seven games of 20 points or more Scored a career-high 27 points on two occasions, including contests against Oklahoma in the Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic championship game (11/23), scoring 20 of the 27 points in the second half and 18 in the final 10:01, and against New Orleans (12/28) Other top scoring efforts include 25 points and seven assists against Portland (11/18), 24 points vs. Minnesota (1/11), including hitting 15-of-16 from the foul line and , and a dominating 22-point, eight-assist, eight-rebound, four-steal performance in MSU's win over No. 1 Kentucky (11/12) Led the Spartans in points (20), rebounds (6) and assists (7) against Ohio State (1/7) Led the Big Ten with four games of at least 20 points and seven assists and three games of at least 20 points, seven assists and five rebounds Posted his only career double-double with a 10-point, career-high 10-assist effort against Michigan (1/25) Averaged 16.4 points and 4.6 assists through the first 16 games of the season, shooting .500 from the field and .483 from 3-point range Dished out nine assists at Purdue (2/20) Dished out six or more assists in 12 contests Ranked second on the team in steals (41), including two or more in 12 games Recorded a season-high four steals against Kentucky (11/12), and three each against Virginia Tech (11/22), North Florida (12/17), Northwestern (1/15), and Iowa (1/28) Grabbed five or more rebounds in seven games Blocked a season-high three shots against Penn State (12/31).
Second-team All-Big Ten honoree as voted by the league's coaches and a third-team selection by the media Voted MSU Team MVP by the media Shared MSU's John E. Benington Best Defensive Player Award with Gary Harris Named a tri-captain by Coach Izzo on Jan. 20 Only Spartan to start all 36 games Led team in scoring (13.4 ppg), assists (3.3 apg), and minutes played (33.6 mpg) Scored in double figures in 25 games, including four games of 20 or more points MSU was 20-4 when he scored in double figures and 4-0 when he scored 20 or more Led the team in scoring in 16 games Ranked eighth in the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.4) Only Spartan to average more than 30 minutes per game, he played 38 or more minutes in 12 contests Ranked second on the team with 41 3-point field goals made and 128 3-point field goals attempted Ranked among the Big Ten leaders in scoring (14th, 13.4 ppg), assists (10th, 3.3 apg), assist-to-turnover ratio (8th, 1.4), steals (12th, 1.3 spg) and free-throw percentage (14th, .749) in all games In conference games, ranked among the Big Ten's top 10 in assists (t-7th, 3.4 apg), assist-to-turnover ratio (7th, 1.5) and steals (t-9th, 1.3 spg) Developed a reputation for late-game clutch plays including scoring five points in the final 1:36 of a 67-64 win over No. 7 Kansas (11/13), scoring 16 of his game-high 19 points in the second half In a 59-56 win over No. 11 Ohio State (1/19), he had a direct hand in MSU's final nine points, including scoring the Spartans' final six points In an 80-75 win over Illinois (1/31), Appling scored 19 of his game-high 24 points in the second half, scoring or assisting on 11 of MSU's 14 second-half field goals, scoring nine points in the final 4:22; added a season-high eight rebounds against the Illini Named co-Big Ten Player of the Week on Feb. 4 following his effort against the Illini Scored a season-high 25 points against Tuskegee (12/15), hitting 7-of-9 shots from the field and 11-of-13 from the foul line Scored 22 points against Boise State (11/20), playing all 40 minutes and converting on a crucial three-point play with 14 seconds remaining in a 74-70 victory; also dished out seven assists against the Broncos Scored a game-high 20 points against Oakland (11/23), as his 3-pointer sparked a closing 15-1 run against the Golden Grizzlies Scored a game-high 19 points in a 49-47 win at Wisconsin (1/22), adding six rebounds against the Badgers Grabbed five rebounds in 13 games or more, including a season-high eight against Illinois, and seven rebounds against Michigan (2/12) Dished out a season-high nine assists against Nebraska (1/13) Recorded six games with six or more assists Tallied eight assists and just one turnover against Purdue (1/5) Ranked second on the team with 46 steals Tallied two or more steals in 13 contests Recorded a career-high six steals against Minnesota (12/31).
Only Spartan to start all 37 games Averaged 11.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists Led the Spartans in assists, while ranking second in scoring and steals (43) Third-team All-Big Ten honoree Recipient of MSU's Best Defensive Player Award Ranked seventh in the Big Ten in assists overall (3.9 apg) and fifth in conference games (4.1 apg) Ranked eighth in the Big Ten in free-throw percentage (.788) overall and 13th in conference games (.785) Ranked eighth in the Big Ten in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7) overall and 10th in conference games (1.5) Ranked tied for 15th in the Big Ten in steals (1.2 spg) overall and tied for seventh in conference games (1.4 spg) Scored in double figures in 23 games, including four games of 20 or more points Led the Spartans in scoring in six games: vs. Duke (11/15 - 22 points), Florida State (11/30 - 24 points), Lehigh (12/22 - 19 points), Indiana (12/28 - 25 points), at Northwestern (1/14 - 17 points) and against Saint Louis (3/18 - 19 points) in the third round of the NCAA Tournament Solid all-around performance at home against Indiana (12/28) with 25 points, six rebounds and seven assists Named Co-Big Ten Player of the Week on Jan. 2, following MSU's wins vs. Indiana (12/28) and at Nebraska (12/31), averaging 19.5 points, 5.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds Led the Spartans in assists in 16 contests, dishing out five or more assists in 15 contests Recorded a season-high nine assists against Iowa (1/10), while committing zero turnovers Tallied eight assists against UMKC (12/19), and had four more contests with seven or more assists Tallied two or more steals in 13 games, including four games with three or more Led MSU with 134 made free throws Other complete performances include 13 points, a season-high nine rebounds and seven assists against Nebraska Omaha (12/4) Played with USA Basketball at the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championships, averaging 4.1 points and 10.3 minutes per contest.
Appeared in 34 games, starting 18, including 16 Big Ten contests Averaged 6.4 points and 2.8 rebounds Shot a team-best .411 from 3-point range (39-95) 39 3-point field goals rank third all-time among Spartan freshman, while his 95 attempts rank fourth and his .411 percentage ranks fifth Shot .895 from the foul line (34-38), tops on the squad among players with more than 20 attempts Recipient of MSU's Best Defensive Player Award Scored 14 points in his Spartan debut vs. Eastern Michigan (11/12), ranking fifth all-time among MSU freshman debuts Scored in double figures in eight games, leading the squad twice Led MSU in rebounding in two games and in assists twice Scored a season-best 19 points in MSU's 71-67 overtime win against Northwestern (1/15); his 3-pointer put the Spartans ahead for good in the extra period. Connected on 5-of-8 3-pointers against the Wildcats Scored 18 points vs. Iowa (3/2), hitting 7-of-8 from the field, including 4-of-5 from 3-point range, and adding six rebounds Grabbed seven rebounds vs. Purdue (2/27), and totaled five or more in five other games Blocked five shots vs. Northwestern (1/3), tying the fourth-best single-game effort by a Spartan and the most ever by a guard Dished out three assists or more in seven games.
2010 McDonald's All-American 2010 Hal Schram Mr. Basketball Award winner Averaged 28.1 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals as a senior, leading Pershing High School to Detroit Public School League title 2010 Dream Team selection as chosen by the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News 2010 All-Metro and All-Detroit honoree as selected by the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News Participated in 2009 NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp 2009 Associated Press Class A Player of the Year Averaged 23.9 points, six assists and five rebounds as a junior Led Pershing to 2009 Class A State Championship, scoring a state title-game record 49 points, while shooting 17-of-24 from the field, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range Teamed with former Spartan teammate Derrick Nix to lead Pershing to state title 2009 Dream Team honoree, as selected by the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News, also earning All-Detroit and All-Metro honors Averaged 20.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists as a sophomore, leading Pershing to Class A title game Second-team Class A All-State selection as chosen by the Detroit Free Press, earning second-team All-Metro and first-team All-Detroit accolades Third-team All-State honoree as selected by The Detroit News, also earning All-Metro honors Ranked nationally by Rivals.com (38), ESPNU Top 100 (27) and Scout.com (45) Among the top players in the nation at his position as ranked by ESPNU Top 100 (4 Shooting Guard), Scout.com (10 SG) and Rivals.com (11 Point Guard) Played for Coach A.W. Canada at Pershing High School.
Born Feb. 13, 1992 Son of Tottie Collins Attended the same high school as former Spartan All-American Steve Smith Sociology major.