It’s time to start considering Derrick Walton Jr.’s place in Michigan basketball lore.
Yes, you read that right.
Although the Wolverines senior is often overlooked on lists of elite college point guards, he is having a spectacular season — averaging 14.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists.
On Sunday, he moved closer to making Michigan basketball history. He needs only two more rebounds to become the first Wolverines player with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists in their career.
— Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) February 12, 2017
To put that in perspective, Walton will become only the 12th player in Big Ten history to accomplish the feat, according to the Detroit News.
Other recent players on that list include Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine and Ohio State’s Evan Turner — both of whom won Associated Press national player of the year honors. At Michigan, only Gary Grant and Jalen Rose have accomplished 1,000/400/400.
Walton has stuffed stat sheets throughout his career, but this season he has been on another level. Performances like his 25 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists Sunday at Indiana have kept Michigan within striking distance of the NCAA Tournament.
Walton may not have the eye-popping scoring ability of previous point guard Trey Burke, but he’ll leave college having accomplished something no other Michigan player has.