Rising Senior Spotlight - Cody Appleton
St. Paul's Cody Appleton just finished his second season in the NEPSAC after coming from his home state of South Carolina.
Appleton made a quick impression and has continued to improve at a rapid rate, not just establishing himself as a top-notch shooter but showing his overall skill-set and basketball I.Q. for a much-improved St. Paul's team.
On the recruiting trail, he has wide-ranging interest from a long line of division III schools and has also heard from Loyola Chicago at the D1 level.
Hometown: Murrells Inlet, SC
School: St. Paul's (NH)
Grassroots: Mass Elite
By the Numbers
2019-20 Stats: 10pts; 54% 2pt FG; 38% 3pt FG; less than 1 turn-over/game
Academics: 3.3 GPA & 1140 SAT
"I am known as a three-point shooter, but I can distribute the ball and defend on a high-level as well. Every coach I've had has told me I have a high basketball IQ and that I know where to be on the court at all times. I also care about my teammates and I want them to succeed just as much as I want myself to succeed. My goals in this upcoming year are to have a succesful season at St. Paul's and play division one basketball."
"Cody Appleton is a very skilled backcourt prospect, while known as an elite shooter with unlimited range, Cody is also skilled passer that has fantastic court vision. Cody plays the game with the utmost confidence, never afraid to take the big shot. Cody plays with a chip on his shoulder. Having made big improvements to his frame over the past 12 months, Cody has the athleticism, body, skill set and confidence to be a major contributor at the collegiate level"
- Eric Polli, Chief Director, Mass Elite
"Cody is an elite shooter with in-the-gym range and a lightning quick release. He moves without the ball very well and has a knack for getting himself open for dagger threes in transition. On the ball he is dangerous, too, and very efficient in pick & roll and dribble hand-off action. Defensively he is quick and smart and comes up with a lot of steals in the help side."
- Max Gordon, Head Coach, St. Paul's School
"Shooting is the one thing that all college programs could use more of, and yet they probably don't put enough emphasis on in their recruiting efforts. Appleton doesn't just make shots but the ball looks really good coming off his hand and he makes different types of shots. He can come off screens, hand-offs, and is just as accurate off the dribble as he is the catch. Combine that with a high basketball IQ and he's going to fit into offensive structure nicely at the next level."
- Adam Finkelstein, NERR & ESPN