It was revealed on Monday that the Los Angeles Lakers had agreed to a training camp deal with undrafted point guard Keith Appling, who played for four years at Michigan State University. While Appling had solid averages of 11.2 points, 4.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game last season, the 22-year-old had some pretty impressive outings during his senior year, too.
For example, Appling recorded an impressive stat line of 22 points (on 8-for-14 shooting), 8 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals in a 78-74 win against Julius Randle’s Kentucky team last November. For what it’s worth, Randle finished the game with an impressive 27 points on 9-for-14 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds, though he did also turn the ball over 8 times.
Last season, Appling scored 20-plus points in seven games, so there is obviously some talent there, and the Lakers have seemingly seen something in the guard that they like.
By signing Appling to a non-guaranteed camp contract, the purple and gold will have an opportunity to take a closer look at the Michigan native without making a long-term commitment to the young prospect.