ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Just five days earlier it was Caris LeVert who notched his first career triple double.
On Saturday, it was Derrick Walton Jr.’s turn, as he joined LeVert as the fifth Wolverine ever earns a triple-double in Michigan basketball history, scoring 10 points, with 13 assists and 11 rebounds in U-M’s 105-46 win against Youngstown State, becoming the first set of teammates in the NCAA to earn back-to-back triple-doubles in consecutive games since the 1996-97 season.
“It’s amazing, the way he sees the floor out there is crazy,” LeVert said of Walton Jr.’s triple-double. “He’s finding guys. He knows where the shooters are and where his bigs are. And that’s what a great point guard does. He’s also a threat to score the basketball too. So when he plays like that, we’re going to be tough to beat.”
Adding: “Those triple-doubles don’t really happen that often,” LeVert said. “So when he was that close, just trying to make sure he had every opportunity to try to get it.”
And what Walton Jr. needed was a rebound, something the 6-foot point guard has never struggled doing since arriving at Michigan, says LeVert.
“He’s been a great rebounder since he’s been here,” LeVert said of Walton Jr. “The coaches really encourage him to rebound to start a break. It’s been key for us the past couple years, when Derrick rebounds like he does we get out on the break and get easy baskets.”
What did LeVert say to Walton Jr. once achieved his triple-double?
“After we got subbed out, I just told him I was proud of him,” said LeVert.
Michigan (9-3) plays host to Bryant (2-7) this Wednesday at 7 p.m.