Derrick Walton Jr. puts teammates first in triple-double performance

Derrick Walton Jr. places the emphasis on his teammates during his triple-double performance against Youngstown State Saturday night.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- For the first time since the 1996-97 season, a triple-double was achieved by a team in consecutive games.

First, it was Caris LeVert on Tuesday night, and not to be outdone, point guard Derrick Walton Jr. contributed one of his own in Michigan's 105-46 thrashing of Youngstown State Saturday night. Walton finished the night 10 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists.

For Walton, it wasn't about his personal accomplishments as he had to be reminded of its approach during the second half. He took a moment after the game to thank his teammates that made this milestone possible.

"I thank my teammates, honestly," Walton said. "I was really caught up in the game and making sure our guys were staying in the game defensively and onto the next game. It so happened that the guys let me know I was kind of close. Caris, Zak and Ricky especially really started to box out for me and let me get a couple more rebounds to kind of pad my stats. I thank my teammates, honestly."

For a player that has missed some games due to injury early in the season, Walton appeared to be back to full strength Saturday night after shaking off some of the rust on Tuesday. It appeared that Walton was able to see the floor with ease during his 13 assist performance. Finding players in strides and putting them in great positions to make shots no matter the difficulty level.

Something he recognized after it was all over.

"I would say so but, like I said, I thank my teammates, they made some really tough shots," Walton said. "Aubrey tough shots, Caris made some tough shots and honestly it all goes back to what we preach here, you give to the game it gives back. I was really looking for guys to get into their rhytmn and they were making the shots for me."

LeVert and Walton were able to share a moment not too many players are able to do in consecutive games. Both being in the U-M record books together for their respective performances is something they'll both hold close.

LeVert was his biggest fan on Saturday.

"The funny thing about it is guys were always telling me that I was so close," Walton said. "It just so happened I kind of put it together. Him especially, he was urging me to get my own. Like I said, I wouldn't have known myself if I didn't listen to him. I'm thankful they helped me reach a personal milestone. Honestly overall, I'm pleased with how we played tonight."


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