Michigan fans are currently fretting about whether or not their fabulous frosh, Trey Burke, will return for his sophomore season or jump to the NBA. When you bring a program back into prominence like John Beilein has done with U-M Hoops, these are the “problems” that tend to develop. Talented players want their shot at the NBA. If they feel the time is right, they have to take their shot. No matter what Burke decides it is comforting to know that Derrick Walton Jr. is already in the fold for 2013-14 season.
Walton just wrapped up his junior season at Chandler Park Academy (Harper Woods, Michigan). According to maxpreps he averaged 26.1 points, 7.0 assists, 7.3 rebounds, and 7.3 steals per game. Checking in at 6-foot, 170 pounds, Walton is a 4-star recruit. He is rated the #71 overall prospect by maxpreps and #87 by rivals.com. He is one of the premiere floor generals in the country and can really fill it up. Walton scored 47 points in a playoff game against Detroit Crockett. He also, according to some reports, posted a quadruple double in late January with 34 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals.
Walton will be playing for Team USA this summer in Germany at the ALbert Schweitzer Tournament.
Walton is one of 4 2013 recruits who have committed to play at Michigan. He joins Zak Irvin, Mark Donnal and Austin Hatch (though Hatch may reclassify to 2014).
Here are some highlights from his junior season
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