Michigan’s Derrick Walton Jr. snags Preseason All-Big Ten honors

Derrick Walton has had a solid career for the Michigan Wolverines. Walton had the unenviable task of taking over point guard duties for former Michigan great and NBA top-10 pick Trey Burke. Even in the shadow of such lofty expectations, Walton has been a key component for the Wolverines over the years.

In 2016 as a junior, Walton averaged 11.6 points and 4.5 steals per game which were career highs. His hard work in the off-season and improvement have been noticed as he was named to the 2016-17 Preseason All-Big Ten Team.

Other members of the team are listed below which, surprisingly, contains zero Michigan State Spartans.

Malcolm Hill, G, Illinois
James Blackmon Jr., G, Indiana
Thomas Bryant, C, Indiana
Peter Jok, G, Iowa
Melo Trimble, G, Maryland
Caleb Swanigan, F, Purdue
Ethan Happ, F, Wisconsin
Nigel Hayes, F, Wisconsin
Bronson Koenig, F, Wisconsin

Walton is the sixth Wolverine in the last 5 seasons to be named to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team. Other recent Michigan players include Trey Burke, Glenn Robinson III, Mitch McGary, and two time selection Caris Lavert.

The Wolverines will look to Walton to be a steadying veteran force this season to incoming freshman point guard Xavier Simpson. Michigan basketball returns all five starters from last year’s squad who finished with an overall record of 23-13 record which included an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.