Guard Tyree Appleby is officially transferring to the University of Florida.
After spending his first two years at Cleveland State University, Appleby made the news official via Twitter on Sunday. His transfer from Cleveland State possibly stemming from the rumored tension between players and former head coach Dennis Felton, who Cleveland State just parted ways with on July 12.
At Cleveland State, Appleby appeared in 63 games and started in 54 of them. In those two years he averaged 14.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists per a game. He has a 4.7-3.4 assist to turnover ratio in his career. Appleby earned All-Horizon Second Team in the 2018-2019 season. In both the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons, Appleby had the best assist percentage in the Horizon League.
Appleby will be joining a Florida team that had a record of 20-16 in the 2018-2019 season, going onto lose in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. At Florida, Appleby will be playing under head coach Michael White. White has taken Florida to the NCAA Tournament three out of the four years he has been in charge of the program.
Appleby also has familiarity with White, as his brother Raheem Appleby played under him for four years at Louisiana Tech. Under White, Raheem averaged 13.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists per a game in 127 appearances.
Unless Appleby gets a wavier, he will not be eligible to play in the 2019-2020 season per NCAA transfer rules, meaning he would have to wait until the 2020-2021 season to get on the court for Florida.