ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- As if hosting Syracuse (5-1) weren’t enough for No. 16 ranked Michigan (5-1) Tuesday night as part of the B1G/ACC Challenge, the Wolverines could be without sophomore point guard Derrick Walton Jr. for a second straight game.
“Derrick is day-to-day, he did not practice yesterday,” Michigan coach John Beilein said Monday. “We are going to see what he can do today.”
Walton Jr. was a late scratch for Saturday’s home win over Nicholls State, on the bench with a walking boot on his left foot.
Beilein wouldn’t say whether or not the injury is turf toe or just a sprained toe but Michigan isn’t expecting Walton Jr. to be out for an extended period of time.
“I could make the decision today,” Beilein said. “If I watch him at practice today and he’s able to do some things then we’ll see but right now he hasn’t practiced yet.
“But we’re going to give it a shot today to see what he can do and then we’ll make a decision after today.”
Beilein did add he’s “hopeful” Walton Jr. will be able to go Tuesday night against Syracuse but is hesitant to bring him back too soon if he’s not ready.
“What we’re doing is just waiting to see how he feels, not going to push him one bit,” Beilein said. “Maybe tomorrow he plays 35, maybe he just gives us five or 10 so Spike can get a rest. We’re going to wait and see, once again I can tell you more after tomorrow’s game and Saturday and Tuesday we have another game.”
Walton Jr. is averaging 13.8 points to go with 5.4 rebounds and three assists per game through five games for the Wolverines.
The injury news isn’t as good for freshman combo forward D.J. Wilson.
Wilson was also a late scratch for Saturday’s win over Nicholls State and it appears the California native will be out for an extended period of time.
“D.J. is going to be out for a little bit,” Beilein said. “Maybe three or four weeks. So he won’t be able to play the next few games.”
“We’re not allowed to say exactly what it is but if you just say his knee has been sprained, there’s been a minor injury to his knee,” added Beilein. “But no surgery and it’s just a matter of rehab and rest, we’ll get him back in three or four weeks.”
If Wilson misses enough time Beilein wouldn’t rule out the possibility of a redshirt down the line.
“That would be another thing that we’d look at,” he said. “Obviously we don’t have to do that until we do that.
“But we’ll take a long hard look and see if we need him or if he wants to play at that point and then try and make an informed and educated decision.”