Combine performance and overall talent, it's easy to see why 2013 Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy (Mich.) point guard Derrick Walton Jr. is a strong candidate to be named Mr. Basketball in the state of Michigan. Stirring up a nice blend of points and assists on a game-to-game basis, Walton has Chandler Park at 13-3 overall and 8-0 in league play.
"I think its just more flow of the game," Walton told GoBlueWolverine of his play. "Basically whatever is working at the moment, that's what I'm going to do. (Whether) it's dropping off or if it's scoring. I'm going to get it done."
In a recent 88-74 win over Allen Academy, Walton finished with 29 points and eight assists, actually forced to get up from the bench in the final minutes to seal the deal despite building a 40-point lead.
"We came out kind of sluggish in the first minutes but picked it up in the second half and got the win like we wanted to," said Walton.
Living just up the road from Ann Arbor, Walton has made his way to several Michigan games throughout the 2012-13 season, most recently the Wolverines win over No. 8 Ohio State. As the unofficially coined floor general and future point guard of Michigan, Walton looks at the talented, deep roster he'll be surrounded by and can't help but smile.
"I'm licking my chops with all of the athletes we've got," said Walton. "We've got great shooters, great balance of athleticism and skill. It's going to be fun once I get to Ann Arbor. I'm just ready to get there and compete for a national championship."
Looking to lead Michigan to Atlanta for the final four, current point guard Trey Burke is averaging 18 points and seven assists for the Wolverines. Walton, looking on and learning from the Big Ten Player of the Year candidate, is only making him a better player.
"He's playing great," said Walton. "Picking his spots well. Leading the team by example and vocally. Pretty much, I'm trying to model my game after his. An up tempo game and a guy that doesn't turn the ball over a lot."
Before Walton makes his way to Michigan in June, he'll be looking to lead his own squad to a championship. And with the playoffs right around the corner, Chandler Park is primed to make a run behind their table setting point guard.
"I just stay close to my team and make sure everybody is focused," said Walton. "This regular season means something but basically in districts it's a whole new season."
To watch the full video interview with Walton, including highlights, press play below.
Walton Modeling Game After Burke (w/video)
The Michigan Insider Top Stories
Peoples-Jones' Electrifying Touchdown GrabWatch Donovan Peoples-Jones blow by his defender for the 55-yard touchdown grab to give Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech an early 7-0 lead over Detroit King in the PSL championship game.
The Michigan InsiderYesterday at 5:48 PM
Preview: Michigan vs. IllinoisPreviewing Michigan's upcoming game against Illinois.
The Michigan InsiderYesterday at 7:23 AM
Tory Carter says Harbaugh “a Great Coach”Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County fullback prospect Tory Carter may be committed to LSU, but Jim Harbaugh and Michigan are working hard to change that.
The Michigan InsiderThursday at 4:35 PM
Michigan Still #1 with Otis ReeseThe Michigan Insider made it to the Peach State last Friday where we saw Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County and 2018 Wolverine commit Otis Reese suffer their first loss of the season.…
The Michigan InsiderThursday at 3:40 PM