When Derrick Walton was about four years old, he would go to basketball games at Kettering High School, where his dad, Derrick Walton Sr., coached. The younger Walton would often wander onto the court during halftime and put up jump shots.
“He used to shoot jump shots at halftime and he would shoot 3-pointers at 18-19 feet when he was a four-year-old,” Walton Sr. said. “It wasn’t a cheerleader thing, it was just him shooting.”
At a very young age, Walton showed an affinity for the game that would lead him from Detroit’s Chandler Park neighborhood to the University of Michigan. In a prophetic coincidental twist, there was a young assistant coach just starting his career at the University of Detroit Mercy who would drop by Kettering to scout prospects.
That coach, of course, was Bacari Alexander, current Michigan assistant coach and the primary recruiter for the Wolverines in the city of Detroit. Alexander couldn’t have known it then, but while he sat in the stands at Kettering all th...