Michigan commitment Derrick Walton and Flint Beecher’s Monte Morris faced off on Saturday night in a battle the pitted arguably the states top two point guards. Morris and Flint Beecher came away with the 77-68 victory and both stars excelled. Walton finished with 24 points, seven assists and seven rebounds while Morris led all scorers with 32 points. After facing an 11-point halftime deficit, Chandler Park climbed back to within two early in the fourth quarter, but failed to draw any closer.
Here’s scouting footage of Walton in action with scouting notes and video interview after the jump:
Scouting notes and video interview after the jump.
- Walton made just one jump shot on the night and he was 0-for-5 from behind the arc. He forced a couple of the threes and at times appeared a little anxious in a head-to-head matchup against Morris. It was clearly an off-night for Walton shooting the ball, but he must continue to improve consistency his shot in the next year and a half before he arrives in Ann Arbor.
- Although he was struggling from the field, Walton still got to the hole with ease. He had three separate and-1’s, and his ability to get to the hole in a hurry was the main reason Chandler Park was able to cut the deficit to just two points late. Walton showed the ability to finish strong with both hands, finishing a couple of difficult left-handed lay-ins.
- 13 of Walton’s 24 points came from the charity stripe. He was a solid 13-of-18 from the line, but he’d be the first to tell you that’s not good enough.
- Michigan offered scholarships to both Morris and Walton last June and Walton ended up accepting his offer. Morris had the slight upper-hand in this battle but it’s clear that both players will be excellent players down the road.