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June 19, 2008 2:18 PM

Appleby update

Posted by Bob Condotta

So I'd heard rumors that Ryan Appleby's usually rail-thin body was now up to 185 pounds and just had to find out if they were true.

Turns out they're not.

"In fact, his trainer says he'll be up to 190 by the weekend,'' Ryan's father, Mike Appleby, told me recently.

The weight gain is part of a concerted effort by Ryan Appleby, who left UW having made the most three-pointers of any Husky in school history, to secure a professional career either here or abroad.

Appleby has signed with the Wasserman Media Group, whose basketball clients include Brandon Roy and Spencer Hawes.

He's spent a lot of mornings recently working out in Seattle with Roy, trying to add weight to a frame that dipped as low as 162 pounds last season.

Mike Appleby said that's an attempt to answer one of the biggest questions pro scouts have had about Ryan --- whether he'd have the bulk to make it through a lengthy season.

Appleby is on a lifting and eating program designed to add weight and is also helped by not being in the middle of a college season. The family doesn't want to come off as critical of the UW program in any way, but Mike said Washington's daily regimen of lots of running --- designed to get the players in shape for the run-and-gun style the Huskies prefer --- made it hard for Ryan to keep weight on. He usually began seasons at around 180 but would drop weight as the season progressed. Right now, he's in a different training regiment, so the weight is coming back, and for the moment, staying on.

So it's a more filled-out Appleby now handling a filled-up dance card of pro auditions.

Appleby was expected to work out in Columbus, Ohio this week for some scouts from one of the top leagues in France. He's also scheduled to go to Italy for a week-long invitational tournament pitting European players and American players, scouts on hand to watch it all.

He also was scheduled for workouts with Atlanta, Portland and the Sonics of the NBA hoping to land on a summer league team. Once the draft is over, he'll have to sort through the offers and make the choice that confronts all American free agents --- whether to try the NBA D-League or other United States minor leagues --- which offer less money but the chance to stay closer to home --- or head to Europe, where the money is greater.

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Posted by roberroll

2:59 PM, Jun 19, 2008

they might want to add a little defensive training to his program.. he will never get his shot off at the NBA level,, 2 years playing in Greece than a assistant coach somewhere..

Posted by KirklandDawg

3:20 PM, Jun 19, 2008 of luck to Ryan.....thanks for the informative update Bob.

Posted by TuBob Shakur

3:33 PM, Jun 19, 2008

Roberroll: I ultimately agree that it's unlikely that Ryan will end up in the NBA. But I disagree with your reasoning. I think he could definitely get his shot off in the NBA, and in a vacuum, I think his defense is good "enough" to suffice in the NBA.

Ultimately, I think Bob's summary discloses his biggest problem: He just isn't big enough to withstand the pounding that he'd inevitably take from those NBA beasts during the full course of an NBA season. I don't even think 190 pounds would suffice. He'd get his butt kicked trying to work through screens, trying to break off screens, if he ever took the ball to the hole, etc.

Posted by NateDawgUS

4:36 PM, Jun 19, 2008

Thanks for the update Bob. I went to high school with Ryan and hope for the best for him. I agree with TuBob in that Ryan definitely can get the shot off and size is his only problem.

Posted by Martin

4:44 PM, Jun 19, 2008

You can boast or bail all you want on Apples. That guy can stroke it and has a uber quick release. All the best of luck to him.

Posted by no way

5:09 PM, Jun 19, 2008

wow. lmao i dont even need to read all your loser comments. appleby is ONE DIMENSIONAL and that is the reason he will NEVER play in the NBA. Ever.

Posted by Mix

5:10 PM, Jun 19, 2008

Other than a lack of strong perimeter Defense (which isn't much of a requirement last time I watched an NBA game), Is his struggle to shed a defender to get his own shot or to create for teammates. I think he could do those things, but he struggled with them at UW...

Great update, wish him all the best. He's a good kid.

Posted by Seattle

6:08 PM, Jun 19, 2008

J.J. Reddick made it to the NBA, so I don't see why Appleby can't

Posted by seatownsports

6:11 PM, Jun 19, 2008

thanks for the update. please let us know of any other news you hear of in the future! Ryan Appleby was my favorite player, i'm not afraid to say it

Posted by naterob4

6:20 PM, Jun 19, 2008

I think it would be hilarious if somehow Ryan ended up on the Rockets summer league team and he and Aaron Brooks were in the same backcourt together..But I agree oversees if he's lucky. If JJ Reddick can't get off in the NBA I can't see Ryan doing anything...

Posted by Don't forget Ammo

6:25 PM, Jun 19, 2008

They let Adam Morrison in too and Appleby can play better defense than he can, not to mention could probably out rebound Morrison despite being several inches shorter

Posted by srkboy23

6:31 PM, Jun 19, 2008

If Ryan Appleby learns to drive to the basket, I think he could be very good overseas.

Posted by Coug4Life

7:50 PM, Jun 19, 2008

Appleby is one of the softest players I have ever seen. He would be extremely hard pressed to make a WNBA team.

Posted by NateDawgUS

11:19 PM, Jun 19, 2008

Yeah Coug4Life. I forgot how unbelievably tough Taylor Rochestie is...

Posted by TuBob Shakur

7:18 AM, Jun 20, 2008


Ryan did indeed struggle at times to shed his defender, so I think that's a fair observation. However, that was largely a function of (1) his teammates' frequent failure to set good screens, (2) his lack of strength, which enabled his defender to push him AROUND screens when his teammates DID set good screens, and (3) the fact that Appleby was almost always face-guarded by our opponents' best perimeter defenders.

That said, I think (1) and (3) will be less of an issue at the next level, whether it's Europe or someplace else. So, getting back to Bob's comment and my previous comment, it really comes back to the issue of whether Appleby will be strong enough to be effective at the next level. If a defender can push Appleby around, he won't be effective. It's as simple as that.

Posted by JoshUW

1:23 PM, Jun 20, 2008


give me a break. poor ryan appleby couldn't gain weight during his FOUR YEARS with the huskies but now that his financial well-being depends on it, he's figured it out?

thanks for wasting our time.

i have an idea. if you can't gain weight, EAT MORE.


Posted by naterob4

9:31 PM, Jun 20, 2008

Rochestie's a BUMB!!!! Veony as a true Freshman locked his a** DOWN in Pullman last year, and this year can't wait to see a Youtbe video of Isiah breaking the guy's ankles..Mclovin....try MCSCRUB!!!!

Posted by Jonathan

12:10 PM, Jun 21, 2008

These fools saying Appleby could play in the NBA know nothing about basketball. Mike Gansey and Gerry McNamara would be starters before Appleby made a team.

Don't compare him to JJ Reddick, he was twice the player Appleby was in college and he's the Magic's 12th man.

Appleby is a SG in a PG's body, he has no handles and cannot score - end of story.

Posted by ChrisCayford

12:40 PM, Jun 25, 2008


Posted by UW98

12:47 PM, Jun 25, 2008


two words if you want to talk trash

coug football

I don't think it was fair to take away scholarships, because couger football players don't graduate. How are you suppossed to attend class if your in jail?

Yes even I am not crazy enough to think Appleby will ever make an NBA roster. Lets pull for Bobby Jones to make Denvers squad after the summer league and Will Conroy to get recognized by a team and picked up for next season.

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