Michigan Basketball has a lot going for it right now. They are one of the top teams in the country and a definite national title contender. A big reason for their success the last few years is from the production from their freshman class.
Next year is no exception. They have a solid class coming in next year, led by Chandler Park Academy point guard Derrick Walton.
According to Scout.com’s 2013 rankings, Walton is the 7th ranked point guard in the nation and 45th ranked overall. When you look at his skill set and watch him play on film, it is easy to tell that he will fit nicely in John Beilein’s system.
Derrick Walton is a smart player who has the ability to hit the outside shot, which is a signature trait of Beilein’s offense. He is a presence on the floor, and he makes his teammates around him better.
Last night, I was able to chat with Derrick on a variety of topics, including his recruitment and what he likes about the Wolverines:
- What made Michigan your school of choice?
“The playing style was perfect for me. I loved the coaching staff and mostly the school itself.”
- Was anyone else in the mix towards the end? Or were you pretty much set on Michigan?
“It was pretty much Michigan, but other schools were still recruiting me.”
- What do you like about John Beilein and the rest of his staff? I saw something on Big Ten Network after the game Sunday on Bacari Alexander and he seems like he would be an awesome guy to play for too.
“They are honest with me and really cool. The entire staff treats you like one of their own kids. It’s just a family-like environment. But yeah, coach Bacari is a really funny dude. I can’t wait to play for him.
- What do you think you can contribute to coach Beilein’s system?
“I believe I can make plays within the system and my ability to break down my defender will only help.”
- What are you most looking forward to about playing at Michigan?
- For sure. There’s a ton of tradition and great fans. Is there anything you’d like to improve in your game heading into next year?
“I would like to just improve overall. Get quicker, stronger, and faster.”
- What’s it like to play for your dad? What sort of relationship do you guys have?
“It’s cool. We usually get along really well.”
- One last thing. What are your thoughts on this year’s team?
“The team is playing great. I think we are national title contenders without a doubt.
- Thank you for your time. Best of luck with everything and hopefully we’ll be able to talk to you again in the future.
“No problem. Thanks”
Derrick Walton is going to be a good player for the Wolverines. It is likely that Trey Burke leaves for the NBA this season, which would give Walton a chance to play right away. He and Glenn Robinson III should combine to be one of the best backcourts in the Big Ten next season. He will fit in nicely on a team that thrives on team-first players.
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