Virginia Tech men’s basketball coach Seth Greenberg signed three players to letters of intent during the fall signing period last year, but he wasn’t finished there. He has now landed a verbal commitment from Tyrone Appleton -Miller, a 6-3, 180-pound point guard/shooting guard out of Harmony Community School in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“Virginia Tech’s a school I’ve been looking at for a while,” said Appleton-Miller, a Gary (IN) native who made an official visit to Blacksburg in October. “Coach Odom started recruiting me last year when I was at Bridgeton [Academy in Maine]. He followed up with me and called me. I feel Virginia Tech is a great fit for me. It’s in a good conference and I think I can go to Virginia Tech and help them.”
According to Appleton-Miller, he is being recruited by Greenberg as a combo guard. He has played point guard the entire season for Harmony and has done very well, including an MVP performance during the Queen City Classic Tournament last month.
“Tyrone is one of the better point guards in prep school basketball in the country,” Harmony head coach Travis McAvene said. “He is one of our most talented players. He’s averaged about 20 points, 7 1/2 assists and about 2 1/2 steals per game so far this season. He’s a well rounded player. He’s not one dimensional. Another thing is that he loves to play defense, which is certainly good for any coach. He enjoys getting after it on the defensive side of the ball.”
Appleton-Miller believes his defensive prowess is his strength while, in terms of what he may need to improve, he says “I am working on my jump shot right now.”
A 3-star prospect as rated by Rivals.com and Scout.com, the Harmony star chose Virginia Tech over interest from Washington, Missouri and Southern Mississippi, among others.
Academically, Tyrone “has improved a lot since he came here,” McAvene says. “He has about a 2.4 grade point average and improves his SAT and ACT scores every time he takes them.
Guru’s comments on Appleton…
Here are comments from PrepStars.com Talent Evaluator Brick Oettinger. (This is from the recent TSL article on Tech’s 2006 recruiting class.)
Brick: Tyrone Appleton...
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