The offseason additions for the Florida Gators basketball team continued late Sunday night with head coach Mike White landing another transfer player in Cleveland State point guard transfer Tyree Appleby. He gave the Florida staff the good news of his intentions following a weekend official visit to Gainesville announced his decision through his Twitter account. The Jacksonville native chose the Florida Gators over other finalist Texas A&M.
As an undergraduate transfer, Appleby will not be eligible until the 2020-21 season as he must serve a year in residence per NCAA rules. During his time off the court, he will likely try to add bulk to play in the SEC after averaging 17.2 points and 5.6 assists in the Horizon League last season. The 6-foot-1, 165-pounder was the first Cleveland State player to record a triple-double, led the Vikings in scoring, assists, and steals last season on his way to earning second-team All-Horizon League honors.
Appleby fills a scholarship that opened when Isaiah Stokes decided to transfer from UF.
Appleby is the third transfer that the Gators have added this offseason, joining fellow sophomore undergraduate transfer Anthony Duruji from Louisiana Tech and graduate transfer Kerry Blackshear from Virginia Tech. White hoped to land all three players and succeeded, setting Florida up for success this season and beyond. Of those three additions by way of the transfer portal, Appleby and Duruji will have two years of eligibility remaining once activated for the Gators. Blackshear will be active for the 2019-20 season in his final year of eligibility.