Florida's Tyree Appleby officially enters name into NCAA transfer portal

Graham Hall
Gator Sports

Florida point guard Tyree Appleby officially entered his name into the NCAA's transfer portal Monday, The Gainesville Sun has learned.

Appleby reportedly told CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein he would exercise his fifth year of collegiate eligibility, though he didn't specify whether he intended to return to UF or not. Reports soon emerged, however, implying the Gators and Appleby would part ways after two seasons in Gainesville. 

The Gators also are losing forward Anthony Duruji, who is hiring an agent and intends to enter the NBA Draft. 

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Tyree Appleby's season at UF

Florida Gators guard Tyree Appleby (22) celebrates after a three-pointer during the first half against the Vanderbilt Commodores on March 1.

During the 2021-22 campaign, the 6-foot-1 Appleby averaged 10.9 points and 3.7 assists in 34 games, including 27 starts.

He elevated his game midway through SEC play, but a re-aggravated thigh bruise limited the Jacksonville, Arkansas, native's effectiveness over the final stretch of the regular season.

Appleby, who sat out the 2019-20 season due to NCAA transfer rules, started 44 of his 59 games during his time at UF. He played his first two seasons at Cleveland State before transferring to Florida.

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.”