Top Florida Guard Enters Transfer Portal

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    Florida’s roster is continuing to be rebuilt under head coach Todd Golden. According to a report from 247 Sports’ Travis Branham on Monday evening, Florida guard Tyree Appleby has entered the transfer portal. Appleby will enter the portal as a graduate transfer.

    The Jacksonville, Arkansas native spent the first two years of his collegiate career at Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, Tennessee. In 2019, though, Appleby would transfer to the Florida program under then-head coach Mike White. However, White’s seven-year tenure in Gainesville officially came to a close on Mar. 13 after he stepped away from Florida to take over the vacant head coaching position at the University of Georgia.

    After White’s departure, it looks as though Golden was unable to retain one of Florida’s top guards.

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    During his two years with Florida, Appleby averaged 11.1 points, 3.5 assists, and 2.5 rebounds per game. In addition, Appleby finished the 2021-2022 season averaging 10.9 points, 3.7 assists, and 2.1 rebounds per game.

    Tyree Appleby went 1-3 against Tennessee as a Gator. His lone win against the Vols came in his first game against Tennessee as the Gators won by a score of 75-49 on Jan. 19, 2021. From that point on, though, Appleby was never able to find a win against the Vols. Tennessee defeated Florida twice in March of 2021, including one win in the SEC Tournament. The Vols also defeated the Gators at home in Knoxville this past January.

    In his four games against Tennessee, Appleby scored 13, 19, 14, and 16 points respectively.

    Tennessee has been active in the transfer portal in the last few weeks. The Vols have been in contact with Nijel Pack, who is widely considered to be one of the top pure scorers out of the portal. Tennessee has also reportedly reached out to former Belmont guard Will Richard.

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