It’s becoming more clear by the minute that Michigan guard Derrick Walton Jr. is elevating himself to legendary status in Ann Arbor.
By grabbing a rebound at the 9:56 mark in the first half of Michigan’s game against Wisconsin on Thursday night, Walton recorded 500 for his career, elevating him to an exclusive list that includes only himself.
— Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) February 17, 2017
Walton became the first Wolverines player to records 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists, and only the ninth Big Ten player to do so in his career. He joins the likes of former Big Ten players E’Twaun Moore, Evan Turner and Denzel Valentine as the most recent players to accomplish this feat.
In fact, the only other Michigan players to come close to what Walton has done are Gary Grant and Jalen Rose, who had recorded career totals of 1,000 points, 400 rebounds and 400 assists.
However impressive Walton’s accomplishment may seem, it pales in comparison to what he’s done in terms of keeping Michigan in the running for a postseason tournament.
Walton has six 20-point games as the basketball season approaches its final stages before the Big Ten Tournament in March. With a big performance Thursday night against Wisconsin, Walton may just thrust himself into the heat of the Big Ten Player of the Year conversation.