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Michigan senior guard Derrick Walton Jr.

Michigan’s Derrick Walton garners All-Big Ten honors, spring practice nearing, and more

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Today is Tuesday, March 7, 2017, and here’s your Breakfast of Victors…

Derrick Walton Jr. played well enough to be a first-team All-Big Ten selection, but the Michigan senior will settle for second-team honors and being named co-player of the week for the final week of the season.

The Big Ten announced its weekly and season awards Monday, ahead of this week’s conference tournament in Washington, D.C. Walton shared the final weekly award with Purdue senior forward Caleb Swanigan, while teammates Zak Irvin and Moritz Wagner earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors.

Walton averaged 14.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game this season, and was at his best the second half of the season as Michigan overcame a slow start in conference play. He became the first player in school history to top 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists in a career. Walton set a program record with 16 assists in a 93-57 win at Nebraska Sunday night.

Swanigan was joined on the first team by Peter Jok of Iowa, Melo Trimble of Maryland, Nate Mason of Minnesota and Ethan Happ of Wisconsin. Walton is on the second team along with Michigan State freshman Miles Bridges, Malcolm Hill of Illinois, Bryant McIntosh of Northwestern and Bronson Koenig of Wisconsin.

Wagner was named honorable mention by both the coaches and media. Irvin was named honorable mention by the media, and also earned Michigan’s Sportmanship Award from the Big Ten.

The Wolverines have won six of their last eight games to improve to 20-11 overall and finish 10-8 in the Big Ten. They begin conference tournament play against Illinois at noon (ET) Thursday.

Spring practice right around the corner

The football team’s trip to Italy has pushed back the start of spring practices this year to March 24. The practices are closed to the public. The spring game is scheduled for April 15. Hey, there’s got to be one good thing about April 15.

Football recruit leads hoops upset

Josh Ross is part of Michigan’s heralded 2017 football recruiting class, but he came up big on the hardwood Tuesday night. Ross helped his Orchard Lake (Mich.) St. Mary’s team to a 58-42 win over Farmington North, a team that reached last year’s state finals, in the quarterfinal round of its Class A district tournament.

Breakfast links

  • Junior Grant Cartwright broke the Michigan weight throw record twice while winning the event at the recent Big Ten indoor track & field championships. He’ll be at the NCAA indoor national championships this weekend, and earned a big honor on Monday.
  • The women’s gymnastics team lost by a scant 0.050 of a point to No. 1-ranked Oklahoma last weekend. Two Michigan gymnasts earned Big Ten weekly honors from that meet.
  • The NFL combine wrapped up in Indianapolis on Monday. Michigan players had a good week.