Jan. 9, 2012
Louisiana Tech freshman Raheem Appleby is a talented guard from Jacksonville, Arkansas where he was a two-time all-state honoree, including his senior year when he averaged over 26 points per game.
Nicknamed Heem, the 6-foot 2-inch son of Stanley and Denise Appleby was named the MVP of the Arkansas High School All-Star game in June after leading his team to a come-from-behind victory after scoring 15 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field.
While he will be a valuable player for the Bulldogs for the next four seasons, off the court, he is a typical student-athlete.
“I hang out with my teammates, watch sports, play video games and study,” said Appleby.
He watches basketball and NFL games, and he is a big Philadelphia Eagles fan since they acquired Michael Vick who is his favorite player. Appleby tried to watch some college football as well, but he says he doesn’t get as much free time with the basketball season fast approaching.
When they hang out together, Appleby and his teammates battle against each other on NBA 2K12. When playing the game he competes as the Lakers so he can play as his favorite NBA player, Kobe Bryant.
“I am about the third best player on the team behind Trevor [Gaskins] and Michale [Kyser] as they both play as the Miami Heat, Appleby said.
When Appleby has the chance to go back home to visit his family, he hangs out with his younger brother Tyree who is in the seventh grade.
“I teach him how to play basketball and just spend a lot of time with him,” said Appleby.
After finishing up his basketball career, Appleby says he wants to go into sports medicine as an athletic trainer or work in a financial area like a bank.
Tech fans hope to see plenty of big numbers from Appleby this year as he makes the transition to the Division I level and helps the Bulldogs into a new era on the hardwood.