Updated: Point guard announces transfer to Florida


Cleveland State transfer Tyree Appleby has committed to Florida, he announced on social media Sunday night. UF officially announced the move Monday night.

“New home,” he wrote.

Per NCAA transfer rules, Appleby is not eligible until the 2020-21 season and would then have two years of eligibility.

The 6-foot-1, 165-pound guard averaged 17.2 points and 5.6 assists last season as a sophomore to earn second-team All-Horizon League honors. The Jacksonville, Ark., native scored 899 points and dished 297 assists over the course of two seasons at Cleveland State. After coming off the bench his first eight games, Appleby started 54 of his last 55 games.

Appleby posted 14 games with 20 or more points during his CSU tenure, including a career-best 37 in a win vs. Bowling Green last season and a 33-point outing at UW-Milwaukee. 

Appleby earned Horizon League All-Freshman honors and earned a spot on the Horizon League All-Tournament Team in 2018, helping the team to the conference championship game. He went on to earn second-team All-Horizon League accolades in 2019.

Appleby was in Gainesville this weekend on an official visit. He fills the scholarship spot vacated when Isaiah Stokes decided to transfer.

Gators coach Mike White coached Appleby’s brother, Raheem, while at Louisiana Tech.



    • Mudd, if you follow recruiting you already know the guys with size are now on campus. This year has the potential to be special. If the matchups work our way. .this could be a final 4 team. Go Gators!

      • Yeah, but look at the bigs on the roster, none are proven winners at UF. Blackshear we know can play. Gak, see how comes back. Payne and Jitboh are is a tru fresh. Basset can play when he’s match with a inferior defender. I always liked Stokes, but he never developed like I thought he would. See what happens, I will be at my share of games.

  1. This team has the talent to be very special this year. However, before we go and hand them the crown lets see them do it on the court. Play defense, rebound, move without the ball, make the right pass, hit the open shot and Come together as a team.

  2. Hope White brings a version of “Billy Ball.” He’s got the horses to do this, although I have sources tell me Nembs likes the half-court game over the run-and-gun. We shall see, but the incombing class are fast-breakers. White needs a solid rebounder and at LEAST 2 who can make the catch-and-shoot 3. Full court press–3 pt. shooters–rebounding and solid rebounding. Not much to ask for. LOL