Walton Jr. 'Excited' for new Jordan jersey

Derrick Walton Jr. opens up about Michigan's Jordan brand game jersey.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Derrick Walton Jr. had only worn Adidas throughout his three years as a Michigan basketball player.

That all changed on Monday at midnight, when U-M’s athletic department officially made the switch from Adidas, who Walton Jr. admits he’s worn since his sophomore year of high school, to Jordan's Jumpman Team and Nike, which the senior to be fully supports.

“Change is good,” Walton Jr. said. “We are happy for the opportunity. We are going to try promote the brand of Jordan within Michigan’s rules and above everything else to the best of our ability.”

And Walton Jr. also supports the new Jordan Jumpman game jersey. 

Why? Well, in Walton Jr.’s junior season, his last in Adidas gear, Michigan rocked an unique game jersey with striping that drew mixed reviews.

“I guess a couple of alums had a problem (with them),” Walton Jr. said. “I personally, that really doesn’t bother me,."

That being said, Walton Jr. says he’s seen this year’s upcoming jersey, and while he didn’t give too much detail -- he did say they may be better received.

“I actually have (seen them), they are nice.” Walton Jr. said, adding: “I like it, they are different. I guess what everybody is asking for now days. Like I said, Jordan is a really good brand. I am definitely going to take it for granted what are going to do with the jersey.”

When asked if they are traditional or an upgrade, Walton Jr. still wouldn’t spoil the surprise.

“I don’t want to get myself in trouble by giving too much away,” Walton Jr. said. “I’m just going to say at the end of the day, guys will excited about the look.”


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