It didn’t take 2013 Michigan signee Derrick Walton long to realize that one phase of his life was coming to a close and another one was about to begin.
2014 Michigan target Edmond Sumner led Detroit Country Day to a 29-6 run in the first 5:30 of the third quarter in Monday night’s Class B Regional Semifinal, defeating Walton and ending his high school career.
Walton was held to just 14 points in front of Michigan coaches John Beilein and Bacari Alexander, and saw Sumner ignite an unstoppable second-half run, helping Country Day pull away for a 75-57 victory.
Holding back tears after the game, Walton reflected on the culmination of high school career.
“It hurts. I thought it would end in a different way than it did,” he said. “(I’ve) evolved a lot, vocally and just by example. The senior year helped me out a lot going on to the next stage of my life.”
Sumner finished with 20 points, and helped contain Walton, who faced an endless array of double teams and exaggerated help-side defen...