It has been a busy start to the week for the Wake Forest basketball team. Just one day after Delaware transfer Andrew Carr committed to play for the Deacs, Steve Forbes has landed another transfer in Florida guard Tyree Appleby.
Florida transfer Tyree Appleby has committed to Wake Forest. Averaged double-figures four straight seasons at Florida and Cleveland State, career 35.5% 3-point shooter on nearly five attempts per game. 10.9 points last season for the Gators.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) May 4, 2022
Appleby is a 6-1 guard who averaged 10.9 points, 3.7 assists, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.2 steals in 27 minutes per game for the Gators last season. He spent 2 seasons to start his collegiate career at Cleveland State before transferring to Florida in 2019. After sitting out for a year due to the transfer, he played 2 seasons for the Gators, which, due to the covid year, will give the 23-year-old 1 season of eligibility to play for Wake Forest.
Appleby is a fantastic addition for a Wake Forest team that is potentially losing all of its main ball handlers from the 2021-22 season. With 4.1 assists per game for his career, he should be able to mitigate the massive void left by Alondes Williams and (potentially) Jake LaRavia, who did a majority of the dribbling and combined for almost 9 assists per game for the Deacs last season. While he is a great passer, Appleby is not the most efficient scorer and will need to be surrounded by guys who can put the ball in the hoop to be at his most effective.
The Deacs now have between 2 and 4 scholarships open for the 2022-23 season, which is of course dependent on what Jake LaRavia and Daivien Williamson ultimately decide to do. If Wake decides they want to use all the available scholarships, that will likely mean they are not finished in the portal yet.