If it's working, keep doing it. That's the attitude Toledo men's basketball coach Tod Kowalcyzk is taking when it comes to dipping into the transfer well. With transfers J.D. Weatherspoon and Justin Drummond helping lead Toledo to a 13-2 start this season, Kowalcyzk picked up another high-profile transfer on Monday.
Andre Applewhite, a Mississippi State transfer, committed to Toledo, a source says.— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) January 13, 2014
Dre Applewhite, a 6'5'' redshirt freshman forward from Mississippi State, visited Toledo over the weekend and caught the Rockets win over Central Michigan.
Kowalcyzk used the success of his current stable of transfers—three of UT's top four scorers are transfer players—to pitch to Applewhite, and it worked. He is on campus now, will begin classes next week and will be eligible to play next season in December, at the end of fall semester, as a redshirt sophomore.
Applewhite started in his last six games with the Bulldogs before deciding to leave, telling the Toledo Blade's Ryan Autullo that "Things just didn't work out".
With two and a half years of eligibility left, and able to play right before the start of conference play next season, figures to be a likely candidate to replace Toledo small forward Rian Pearson next season; Pearson himself began as a transfer student.
With Applewhite on in the mix, Toledo now has two members on board for its 2014 recruiting class. Three star shooting guard Stuckey Molely out of Timber Creek High School in Orlando, Fla. signed a National Letter of Intent back in November.
Toledo plays Buffalo Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
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