2013 Intro: Derrick Walton

Derrick Walton is a point guard in the class of 2013 from Chandler Park Academy in Detroit. From his ESPN profile:

Derrick is a talented and skilled scoring point guard. He has great natural scoring ability and is very confident. He is a very good slasher that is able to penetrate at will. He is very good off the dribble and can create for himself and others. Derrick has a solid mid range game and has a good pull up jumper. He has range on his shot to 19 feet. He has some explosion on the offensive end and you can see he will be a force on that end of the court. Walton is a decent defender at this point with a chance to really improve with his length and athletic ability.

Walton has visited Michigan a few times and his recruitment is just now picking up. I caught up with Derrick earlier today and here’s what he had to say:

Describe your game. My game is basically moving around, doing a lot of rebounding, doing a lot of little stuff that other guys aren’t thinking about.  Rebounding, checking and scoring, mostly.

Who’s been recruiting you? Michigan, Michigan State, Connecticut, Stanford, Purdue, Central Michigan, U of D and a few other mid-majors.

Have you visited Michigan? Yes.  I came down for a football game and I came to see a basketball game but I can’t remember who they played against. I loved the facilities and I loved that they’re rebuilding.  I want to go to a school with top-of-the-line facilities.

Which coach has been primarily recruiting you for Michigan? Coach Bacari.

Have you met the rest of the staff? I’ve met coach Meyer, and I kind of talked to coach Beilein a little bit, but that’s about it.

What do you like about Michigan? Mostly, I just love the history of the program. The history of the program is reall good, with Chris Webber and Jalen Rose and the Fab Five. I really like that.

Any visits planned for any other schools in the near future? Not of the top of my head, but I’m sure I’ll be planning some visits to other schools soon.

How do you think you would fit into the offense Michigan likes to run? I think I would fit into it well. Watching games on T.V. and watching games in person, they like to work with pick-and-rolls a lot and I think I work the pick-and-roll really well.

Anything specifically you’re focused on improving about your game? Consistency is the big thing right now.

What players have people compared you to? A few Baron Davis comparisons, a little Chris Paul and a little Rondo for the all-around game.

What ultimately goes into your decision? Me personally and my family, the education part is big in my family. And I want to go to a team that wins.

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