In what is widely regarded to be an in-state class abundant with high-major talent, two Detroit standouts landed on SLAM’s Fresh 25 for the graduating class of 2010.
Keith Appling checks in at No. 17 and Ray McCallum, Jr. ranks No. 25.
On Appling (a Michigan State verbal):
“The Detroit native is fearless going to the cup, has deep range on his J, mans up on defense and has dimes.”
On McCallum (right now, Kansas and Detroit lead):
“The son of the University of Detroit head coach is a heady floor general who can make plays for others or get buckets.”
Including Appling and McCallum, the Big Ten footprint has eight players on the list, good news for a conference that will be lacking in NBA talent this season and next. 6’7 Jared Sullinger (Ohio State), 6’7 Jereme Richmond (Illinois), 6’9 Adreian Payne and 6’6 Harrison Barnes are all in the Top 10. Indiana Bishop Luers’ DeShaun Thomas, No. 12 on this list, has also verballed to Ohio State.