Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 10/11/12
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State point guard Keith Appling made a commitment, scratch that, he made it a priority this summer to improve his 3-point shooting percentage for the upcoming season.
The media hounded Appling last season in regards to his shooting, and it’s clear he wants to eliminate those questions all together.
The junior told isportsweb during the Spartans media day on Tuesday that he made 500 3-pointers everyday this summer in an attempt to improve his game from beyond the arc.
Keith Appling is looking to get his 3-point percentage to where it was his freshman season.
“My shooting percentage (from three) isn’t where I wanted it to be last year,” Appling said. “That’s one of the things I wanted to improve, so that’s what I did day in and day out.”
As a freshman, Appling primarily played shooting guard and shot 41 percent from the 3-point line, but as he switched his position to point guard last season his percentage dropped to 25 percent.
Clearly 25 percent is not an ideal percentage for any guard, and when asked where he would like to see that number, Appling stated,“40 or 45, somewhere around there.”
Sophomore point guard Travis Trice has noticed Keith’s commitment to improving his shooting.
“Keith has got a lot more consistent,” Trice said about his teammate. “He’s been getting a lot of reps, and you can see his improvement.”
In most cases someone who shoots 25 percent at any point in their career isn’t a natural shooter, but Appling proved throughout his high school career, averaged 28.1 ppg, and as a freshman that he can shoot the ball.
Trice believes that Appling’s problem was bigger than the mechanics.
“Nothing is wrong with his shot,” Trice added. “It was really confidence for him, and making that many shots builds confidence. I think he has that confidence now and it’s going to change the way he plays.”
Appling’s 637 career points places him as the active leading score on the MSU roster.
Tom Izzo has consistently stated that Appling will remain at point guard, but with the addition of freshman point guard Denzel Valentine Izzo said that we may see Appling play shooting guard more often.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Greg Jennings: Ryan Tannehill wants more freedom

Cam Newton: ‘I’m on record as being a sore loser’

‘Emotional’ LeBron eager to face Kobe Wednesday

Steve Spurrier says he should have retired after 2014 season

Joe Namath: Jets should take a look at Colin Kaepernick

Aqib Talib intentionally committed facemask during SB

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Knicks have ‘real chance’ at Russell Westbrook

No. 1 Villanova reaches new heights under Jay Wright

Twitter, Facebook report engagement decline during Super Bowl

Steve Spurrier becomes special assistant to South Carolina AD

Brent Musberger wants you to bet on Joe Lunardi’s bracketology

Unranked Duke uses big first half to beat No.13 Louisville

McShay: Attending Michigan signing day a 'mistake'

Wofford sets NCAA 3-point FG percentage record

Phil Jackson reunion with Lakers possible?

Would it be smart for the Broncos to franchise Von Miller?

Ten storylines to watch heading into spring training

Seahawks release awesome Marshawn Lynch tribute video

WATCH: Alleged LeSean McCoy fight video surfaces

Daniel Bryan says goodbye to WWE during teary retirement speech

Paul George delivers great line about driving by Kobe Bryant

WATCH: Oklahoma beats Texas on Buddy Hield's 3-pointer

Andre Drummond hits 70-foot buzzer beater to end 3rd quarter

Duke's Allen appears to intentionally trip Louisville's Spaulding

Candidates for New York Knicks head coaching job

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Report: Marshawn Lynch plans to retire

The 14 biggest plays in Super Bowl history

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker