Florida guard Tyree Appleby coming back for fifth year, but will it be for the Gators?

Graham Hall
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Florida Gator Tyree Appleby will exercise his additional year of eligibility, but the UF point guard hasn’t officially committed to return to Gainesville for his fifth season of collegiate basketball, a source aware of Appleby’s process confirmed to The Gainesville Sun.

CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein was the first to report that Appleby had yet to decide on a destination for the 2022-23 season. He was expected to return for the Gators, but multiple reports today say he's transferring.  

As a senior during the 2021-22 season, Appleby assumed primary ball-handling duties for the Gators in the wake of Tre Mann’s departure for the NBA Draft.

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Florida guard Tyree Appleby (22) dribbles the ball up court during the opening round of the NIT against Iona, at the Exactech Arena in Gainesville, March 16, 2022.

The 6-foot-1 Appleby averaged 10.9 points and 3.7 assists in 34 games, including 27 starts this season. He elevated his game midway through SEC play, but a thigh bruise limited his effectiveness over the final stretch of the regular season.

Prior to Mike White’s departure for Georgia. Appleby expressed uncertainty prior to UF’s regular-season finale, a loss to Kentucky, regarding whether he would return to the program or not. 

“I haven’t made any decisions right now,” Appleby said. “Just taking it one day at a time right now. I’m not thinking that far ahead.”

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