EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Keith Appling has nearly limitless potential.
He was a McDonalds All-America and Mr. Basketball for Detroit Pershing High School, and wasted little time in becoming a factor in the Michigan State starting lineup. He plays ultra-tight defense and was one of the top playmakers in the Big Ten last season.
But one important ingredient for all-around greatness is missing for Appling. The junior guard has a modest 11.4 scoring average.
Spartans coach Tom Izzo called Appling into his office after last season to prod him about.
That got to me, and last year was disappointing for me shooting-wise," Appling said. "So I decided to do something about it. Every day since April, I would come into the Breslin Center and shoot until I made 500 3-pointers.
Before practices started (in October), I was doing it in 30 to 45 minutes. But at first, it took me a lot longer than that. My shooting percentage (.250 for 3-pointers) was not what I wanted it to be. I want ...