Walton Working Hard on his Game

2015 SG, K.J. Walton, talks improved play, his contact with Michigan, a possible visit to U-M and more.

INDIANAPOLIS -- K.J. Walton used a strong performance at last week's Adidas Invitational to be more of a playmaker for his AAU team, the Spiece Indy Heat 16-under squad. And it showed on the court, as he was able to use his physical play to create off the dribble and also hit open shots.

"I try to create for my team," said Walton, who is heading into his junior season at Brownsburg (Ohio) High. "Also, I let my team create for me and set a lot of screens for me. That's what our offense is based around. So I just come off screens and they do a great job of it. My coach does a great job. I just try to come off screens and hit shots.

At 6-foot-3, 185-pounds, Walton is currently ranked the No. 17 shooting guard in Scout's 2015 player rankings. He said he using the summer AAU tour to work on every aspect of his game before heading into his junior season.

"I am working on my basketball I.Q. and how smart I am on the court," Walton said. " I am reading plays, not forcing plays, taking what my coach gives me and just applying it to the game. I am also working on ball handling and defense and how hard I work."

Currently, Walton has offers form Xavier and Illinois State. He is also hearing considerable interest from Vanderbilt, Clemson, Ohio State, Indiana, Purdue, Michigan and Butler. How much contact has there been with the Wolverines? "There hasn't been much contact lately," Walton said. "I really do (have interest), but they haven't contacted me as much."

While the contact has been quiet of late, Walton says he is open to go check out the campus sometime soon.

"I would like to checkout everything really," Walton said. "From the academics to the class rooms. The floor, the pool, everything. I just want to see how it is. I have never been up there. So, it would be a great experience."

With Michigan making a Final Hour run last season, which ended in a disappointing loss to Louisville in the National Championship game. Walton said he is well aware of the programs recent success.

"I think they did great," Walton said. "They just beat my favorite team Kansas. I was mad about that. Trey Burke is a great point guard. They give him a lot of room, a lot of freedom to do what he likes to do. So, I am guard, too. So it fits me perfect."

Walton also noted that will be visiting Butler and Indiana later this summer.

In the meantime, Walton said he is preparing for a big junior campaign.

"I am just going to bring everything I have and more. We got to get wins. Just bring everything I have and leave it all on the floor."

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