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June 19, 2008 at 2:18 PM

Appleby update

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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