April 14, 2013
RUSTON - Louisiana Tech sophomore Raheem Appleby was rewarded once again for his stellar 2012-13 season as he was one of five players selected first team All-Louisiana on Saturday by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
The Jacksonville, Ark. native played a huge role in LA Tech's record-setting year as the Bulldogs finished with a 27-7 overall record, the second most wins in program history, and advanced to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.
The season was also highlighted by the school's first ever WAC regular season title, an 18-game winning streak and the program's first AP Top 25 national ranking in 28 years.
Appleby, a first team All-WAC selection, poured in over 500 points (506) as he led the `Dogs with an average of 14.9 points per game while also averaging 2.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 steals.
He recorded a career-best 34 points at Georgia State while going an astounding 14-of-19 from the field and grabbing a season-high seven rebounds.
The shooting guard's memorable season also included hitting the game-winning three-pointer at Utah State, giving LA Tech its first ever win in eight tries over the Aggies in Logan, Utah, and having a career-night from beyond the arc at Idaho where he went 7-of-12 in a 28-point performance.
In the `Dogs final victory, a 71-66 postseason win against Florida State, Appleby scorched the nets yet again to the tune of 27 points, tied for the third most by a Bulldog ever in an NIT game.
Joining Appleby on the first team were Johnny O'Bryant of LSU, Fred Hunter of Nicholls State, Derick Beltran of Southern and the state's Player of the Year Josh Davis of Tulane.
Picking up the Louisiana Coach of the Year award was Southern's Roman Banks. Bulldog head coach Michael White finished second in the voting.
The All-Louisiana team was voted on by a panel of media members and sports information directors from across the state.