Thursday, July 26, 2012

Updating 2013 Commit Derrick Walton

Michigan's highest rated commitment of the 2013 recruiting class is Derrick Walton.  He's a point guard from   Harper Woods, Michigan and appears to be Michigan's point guard of the future once Trey Burke leaves.  With all the drama that followed the 2011-2012 season regarding Trey Burke and his NBA Draft decision, it is at least somewhat reassuring to have someone waiting to replace him.  Compare the situation to when Darius Morris went pro.  He was a great point guard for the Wolverines and was going to be a challenge to replace, but with Trey Burke already coming to Ann Arbor, it made Morris' move a little less concerning.  The same should happen after this season, assuming Burke will go pro, because Walton will be arriving on campus just in time to replace Burke.


Walton certainly has the perfect size to play the point guard position, standing at 6'0" and weighing around 170 lbs.  He has great court vision and passing skills.  These are the things that drive his game, but his scoring has also improved over the last year as he scored 20 points or more in 10 of his last 11 games last year.  He also kept up his assist numbers and should be able to make an instant impact when he shows up at Michigan.  He probably won't be as good as Trey Burke immediately, but he has a much higher ceiling and a lot more potential than Burke in the long term.


Here are the basic listings for Walton:




Height
6’0”
6’0”
6’0”
6’0”
6’0”
Weight
165 lbs
170 lbs
175 lbs
170 lbs
170 lbs
Position
PG
PG
PG
PG
PG
Rating
4*
4*
4*
4*
4*
Position Rank
#9
NR
#12
#12
#15
National Rank
#40
#57
#57
#62
#52




Walton is one of those fun commits to analyze because there is very little variation in his ratings.  His height, weight, and position are virtually identical according to all the major scouting services.  Along with this, all the major sites have him rated as a 4* recruit.  Now, ESPN does have him quite a bit higher in the national rankings and a couple spots higher in the point guard rankings, but it's not too big of a shock.  Walton has been slowly dropping in the ESPN rankings as of late.  I wouldn't be a bit surprised if he was even lower by time he arrives on campus.  I think he's extremely talented, but there are a multitude of factors that impact these rankings.  To me, if Walton can continue improving, especially with his scoring, which he is doing, he will be a great player when he arrives on campus, regardless of the rankings, which is what Michigan fans should want from him.


I anticipate that Walton will fit in very well in Michigan's 2013 lineup and will probably be the starter.  Not only because I expect Trey Burke to go pro, but also because I think he's immensely talented and will be far more equipped to play than anyone else on the roster.  Michigan did bring in Spike Albrecht, a point guard, in the 2012 recruiting class, but he was rated very low and most think he's a Zack Novak or Stu Douglass type player.  Give him time and he can become a decent Big Ten player, but for the next few years, don't expect a lot of production.  Plus, in 2013, he will be a redshirt freshman or a sophomore.  Usually, if you are rated as a 1* recruit by ESPN, you are not expected to start for a Big Ten Championship contender as a redshirt freshman or sophomore.


The obvious choice for point guard becomes Walton and I think he will fit in nicely.  Michigan should be pretty deep by time the 2013-2014 season rolls around both in the front and the back-court.  Michigan will be adding players like Mitch McGary, Glenn Robinson III, and Mark Donnal.  All three of these players should make Walton's job a lot easier and give him time to develop without placing too much pressure on him.  Granted, this is a long way off, but you can't help but be excited by the depth in the future.  Walton should continue to progress and Michigan fans will be sure to keep an eye on him as he will be one of the most important factors for its 2013-2014 team.


Here's his highlight video:


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