A year after helping Detroit Pershing win the Class A state championship, Appling is the 30th recipient of the Hal Schram Mr. Basketball award, given annually to state state’s top senior by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan, in conjunction with the Free Press. [ . . . ]
A year ago Appling’s teammate, Derrick Nix, now a freshman at Michigan State, won the award. This is the first time since Lansing Eastern’s Sam Vincent (1982) and Robert Henderson (1982) won the first two Mr. Basketball awards that a school had consecutive winners. [ . . . ]
The 6-2 Appling received 328 first-place votes, more than double the number received by Zeigler (114), and was named on 507 of the 646 ballots cast.