Michigan senior point guard Derrick Walton Jr. was the key piece to the Wolverines' rout over Maryland Eastern Shore over the weekend.
However, the most important aspect of the game Walton had was his ability to make open shots, something that he has struggled to do at times early during the non-conference schedule. Walton finished the game with a team-high 21 points and shooting 5-of-7 from beyond the arc.
Walton admitted it has been a rough start to the year and is trying to rediscover his shot before the grueling Big Ten season gets underway.
"Just trying to get back to myself, I got into a bit of a funk and I haven't been shooting the ball as well," Walton said. "I just had initiative to get out there before the game to make some shots because I know down the road this team needs me. Kudos to my teammates for finding me."
How does one get through said 'funk'? Simple, by simply playing through it and hope to find the shooting touch again. Of course, he also credits his head coach John Beilein for having faith in him and continuing to play him.
"Sometimes you get frustrated with yourself and you miss some shots that you know you should make," Walton said. "The only way to get out of it is to play through it... That's what Coach B does for me is let me play through them. I'm just grateful for the opportunity."