After initially being named an alternate for the 2017 NBA Draft Combine, former Michigan guard Derrick Walton Jr. has taken another step toward playing in the pros.
On Wednesday, the 2017 Big Ten Tournament MVP was named an invitee to the combine, joining 65 other participants. Former Wolverines teammates D.J. Wilson and Moritz Wagner will be attending as well, and all three players will take part in 5-on-5 play.
Walton Jr. produced a team-high 15.5 points, 5 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game last season. He carried Michigan to the Sweet 16, which included his 25-point, 11-assist, 5-rebound performance against Oklahoma State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. That was the first 25-10-5 stat line in the Big Dance since 2003, when Marquette’s Dwyane Wade recorded similar numbers.
Derrick Walton’s 2017 NCAA Tournament highlights
Hayes, Jok also receive invites
In addition, Iowa’s Peter Jok and Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes were also added to the unofficial combine invite list. Jok was one of the sharpest shooters in college basketball, and scored 19.9 points per game as a senior. Hayes, meanwhile, wrapped up a memorable Badgers career with 14.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game averages in 2016-17.