KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Derrick Walton Jr. does a little bit everything for Michigan.
In fact, during U-M’s six game tournament run, Walton Jr. has led the Wolverines averaging 19.7 points, 7.0 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game.
However, there is more to Walton’s game than just stats. No, he ‘s also Michigan’s unquestioned leader on and off the court.
“That's just my nature for the most part,” Walton Jr. said. “Just want to win. That's pretty much what it's boiled down to and doing whatever it takes and whatever my teammates needed me to do. I can't put it any other way, there is no special formula, just want to do what I can for my team.”
And Walton’s leadership has played a huge role in Michigan’s (26-11) NCAA Tournament run all the way to the Sweet 16, which has them preparing for Oregon (31-5) later today at 7:09 p.m. ET.
“Just not want it to end and I just feel like we strung together a couple of games and it was by luck and coming in with focus every single tame and have the same type of laser focus that helped us get to this point and it's all about maintaining to this point,” Walton said.
Walton Jr. not looking past the Ducks either.
“I think they’re a good team,” Walton Jr. said. “I’ve seen them play a couple times this year and their conference. We got a chance to play against a couple guys on their team two or three years ago. But overall, they are just a good team, they got some good pieces.”