Merriman: Remember Appling’s career for all he did right

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Upset. Frustrated. Disappointed. Those are some tough words to describe a 22-year-old kid.

That’s exactly what Keith Appling was when he committed to play basketball for Tom Izzo back in August 2008. A tough, gritty kid from inner-city Detroit, Appling came to Michigan State because he wanted to play in a Final Four – an experience that every four-year player under Tom Izzo had experienced until this season.

Appling arrived in East Lansing with monumental expectations. A McDonald’s All-American, the guard gave MSU fans a taste of what was to come in the 2009 Michigan High School Basketball Championship game, where he scored an MHSAA record 49 points in leading Detroit Pershing to a state title at the Breslin Center.

[ MORE: Dienhart: Unfinished business for Michigan State ]

On Sunday, almost exactly four years after Appling led his high school to that memorable state title, he saw…

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~ by annladenberger on April 14, 2014.

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