Originally posted on UM Hoops  |  Last updated 12/13/12
Dustin Johnston @TKBigCrew Which ’13 recruit has the greatest opportunity to make an impact as a freshman? The easy answer is Derrick Walton. Walton is a great prospect and likely to contend for the Mr. Basketball award in the state of Michigan plus Trey Burke is a likely NBA early entry candidate. Combine those two facts with the amount of freedom that John Beilein allows his point guards, and why wouldn’t Walton be ready to step in and make an immediate impact? Zak Irvin is a pure scorer and should play major minutes as a freshman but there isn’t the same sort of immediate opportunity on the wing – at this point. Mark Donnal has a great skillset but the front court depth roadblock isn’t going to erase itself overnight. Meanwhile Walton could be penciled in as a starter provided with the sort of opportunities that Trey Burke saw as a freshman. @cjane87: Should we be worried about Tim Hardaway Jr. reverting to his 2011-12 shooting slump? He was doing so well with getting to the basket.
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