Michigan freshman point guard Xavier Simpson is absorbing as much as possible from senior Derrick Walton Jr., bringing dog to Wolverines.

Michigan freshman point guard Xavier Simpson is absorbing as much as possible from senior Derrick Walton Jr., bringing dog to Wolverines.

Michigan's first go round with a point guard from Ohio playing for John Beilein ended up working out brilliantly.

In Burke's two seasons in Ann Arbor, the Wolverines ascended to heights not seen in 20 years, leading to a national championship appearance and National Player of the Year award.

Freshman Xavier Simpson isn't trying to say those are the shoes he'll fill as he enters his first season with Michigan, but Simpson hopes to bring a couple things to the table that made Burke what he was for the Wolverines.

"I'm more of a dog type point guard that's going to knock you over and not help you up," Simpson said.

"That's just me. That's my character. I'm not one of those point guards that's pretty nice, I'm more of a dog as you said."

Ahead of Simpson is senior point guard Derrick Walton Jr. While Simpson will play the role of backup to the senior, Beilein hinted at the idea of both being on the floor at the same time this season.

Regardless of the type of role Simpson assumes for Michigan, the freshman is doing everything he can to tag along with Walton Jr., absorbing as much as possible.

"With him being in my position three years ago, I wouldn't be doing a good job to not listen to what he does or see what he does and learn from it," Simpson said.

"I'm going to listen to him, he's going into his fourth year as a point guard so i'm going to listen to him and develop my game. In practice we compete, he pushes me, i love going against him."


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