ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan point guard Derrick Walton is back, fully healthy and ready to step up in his leadership role this season. The days of looking behind his back are over and he ready to take over and become a leader of the 100th squad in U-M basketball history.
However, since missing a lot of time last season due to injury, there are still things he personally wants to work on throughout training camp and into the exhibition slate of the season.
"Just be a little more aggressive," Walton said. "I know this team will need it. Be more aggressive, be more vocal and just lead by example. Just be that calming factor that we need sometimes on the floor. Just overall growth in some key areas. Overall just grow as a person and a basketball player."
In certain situations throughout his U-M career, that aggresiveness has shown itself in flashes. Walton doesn't need to be reminded of the plays that show his potential, he would rather work on getting it to where it needs to be right now.
"Not really, I know it's there, it's all about getting back to it," Walton said. "At this point, it's kind of getting back to how it is. I just know that me being aggressive for the team, we are usually successful doing so. I think my teammates giving me the confidence to give me the OK to make the plays is all I needed to hear."
On top of his aggressiveness, Walton's shot, in his own mind, has been a constant work in progress. Something he hasn't quite perfected just yet, but feels confident in his progression early on into training camp.
"I feel like I'm shooting the ball really well," Walton said. "I still want to finish a lot more consistently around the basket. But as far as my jumpshot I think I'm doing really well. Just trying to perfect and master other elements of the game that's going to help me. The jumpshot is one part but overall I'm just working constantly on different things."