Ex-NCAA Hoops Star Keith Appling Gets Probation In Heroin Case
Keith Appling Ex-NCAA Hoops Star Gets Probation In Heroin Case
12/2/2020 8:46 AM PT
Ex-Michigan State basketball star Keith Appling -- who led the Spartans to the Elite Eight in 2014 -- was sentenced to 18 months probation, stemming from a heroin arrest back in February.
Cops say the 28-year-old was stopped in Warren, Michigan on Feb. 8 after officers spotted his car weaving all over the road.
After he was pulled over, cops say Appling appeared sweaty and woozy -- so they searched the vehicle, and turned up 19 grams of heroin (about the size of a golf ball) in a sandwich bag.
Prosecutors believe Appling intended to sell the heroin.
The former hoops star was charged with "delivery or manufacture of less than 50 grams of a controlled substance" -- and pled guilty to the charge back in October.
Appling appeared in court Monday over Zoom -- where he was sentenced to 18 months probation.
The terms of his probation include no drugs or alcohol, he must be employed 30 hours a week and must complete a treatment program, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Appling was one of the best high school basketball players in the country back in the day -- he was named Michigan's "Mr. Basketball" in 2010 as the state's top player.
He spent 4 years at MSU where he became one of the top players in school history. He had a cup of coffee in the NBA in 2016, but has since been playing overseas.