Derrick Walton this afternoon earned his first Big 10 Player of the week honor.
Walton racked up 20 points, eight assists, five rebounds and two steals against the Spartans last week before tying his season-high with 25 points to go along with five rebounds, four assists and three steals against the Hoosiers on Sunday.
In the two games, Walton shot 60.9 percent (14-for-23) from the field, 83.3 percent (5-for-6) from 3-point range and 100 percent (12-for-12) from the free-throw line, and boasted a 3.0 assist to turnover ratio (12 assists, four turnovers).
The last Michigan player to win the award was Stauskas, two years ago.
You would have to think more information will be coming out regarding last week's allegations.
Tourney sel. chair Mark Hollis has canceled his 2-week CBB road trip due to obligations as Michigan St. AD that require him to be on campus.— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) February 13, 2017
Heck of a jump in the bracketology. Went from next four out to clear of Dayton.
Huge opportunity to capitalize against Wisconsin this week.
And ugh, would play ND AGAIN. Don't see that happening.
I've been operating under the fairly safe assumption that Walton would never be an NBA guy. He's really short, a decent defender but not overly quick, and (until recently) hasn't had the offensive output to make it worth it. His best skill is defensive rebounding, which will probably disappear in the pros. The last string of games, though, he's been brilliant--finishing at the rim, slaying at the three point line, and getting pretty damn open for some 12-18 footers.
So two questions: 1) do you think he could actually be a functional NBA player? Is there a role for him? 2) Do you think if he finishes the season this way he has a chance of getting drafted in the second round?
Would have never thought I'd be asking this question even as of a month ago, but he's really flipped a switch IMO. Carrying us on his back.
Tonight's "The Journey" will look at three in-state rivalries, including MSU-UM.
Zack Novak, of Aneurysm of Leadership fame, will be featured. We all love us some Zack Novak. Don't miss it!
Celebrate the win over Indiana by watching more Michigan basketball on Big Ten Network. Wolverines are up 5 a couple minutes into the second half. We'll probably end up stomping the Badgers. It's a good excuse to not get up from your couch for another 40 minutes or so.
Michigan star Katelyn Flaherty already has 25 points.