Hokies Sign Appleton

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BLACKSBURG, Va. — The Virginia Tech men’s basketball program has announced the signing of Tyrone Appleton to a national letter of intent for the 2006-07 academic year.

Appleton, a 6-3 combo guard from Gary, Indiana, is the fourth player to sign with the Hokies for next season. Jeff Allen, a 6-6 forward from Washington, D.C., Nigel Munson, a 6-0 guard from Washington, D.C. and Lewis Witcher, a 6-8 forward from Rocky Mount, Va., signed with Virginia Tech during the fall signing period.

Appleton played a post-graduate year at the Harmony Community School in Cincinnati this past season. Harmony was 29-3 on the season and was national runner-up among Division I prep teams. Appleton averaged 19.5 points and 8.0 assists per game at Harmony. Appleton is rated as the #26 fifth-year player by Hoop Scoop.

Prior to Harmony, Appleton played his senior season at Bridgton Academy in North Bridgton, Maine during the 2004-05 season. At Bridgton, Appleton played under coach Whit Lesure and was a teammate of fellow Hokie Cheick Diakite. Bridgton was 30-6 and won the NEPSAC Class A title. He played at Roosevelt High School in Gary, Ind. prior to attending Bridgton, where he was a candidate for Mr. Basketball in Indiana.

Tyrone Appleton is the kind of fierce competitor you need to be successful in the ACC,” head coach Seth Greenberg said. “He has the size of a two-guard and the skill of a point guard. He has a toughness about him and brings every intangible you need to compete at the highest level. We’re excited he has decided to join us and help us to continue to build Virginia Tech basketball.”