Derrick Walton Mr. Basketball runner-up

Submitted by Butterfield on March 18th, 2013 at 2:25 PM

Trey Burke's eventual  replacement (e.g. next season), Derrick Walton, has finished as Michigan's Mr. Basketball runner-up.  The winner, Monte Morris out of Flint, is headed to Iowa State and, incidentally, didn't have an offer from either UofM or MSU. 

http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2013/03/michigan_signee_derrick_walton_1.html#incart_river 

Edit:  Well, many seem to think Morris did have a Michigan offer and I defer to their knowledge of the situation.  It is not listed on Morris' Rivals or Scout page, thus the confusion. 

Comments

Raoul

March 18th, 2013 at 5:14 PM ^

It's well documented that Walton, Morris, and Jackson were all offered by Michigan, and "first come, first served" was the exact approach. This umhoops.com post has a good summary of Walton's recruitment.

But it was only the beginning of what would turn out to be a high-pressure recruitment for Walton. Walton was one of the best point guards in the area, but he had competition: Monte Morris, a talented point guard from Flint, was also being hotly pursued by Michigan.

The Michigan coaches needed to know if they were going to be getting a point guard in the 2013 class. So the Wolverine staff offered both prospects – and Demetrius Jackson down the line – waiting to see which prospect would jump at the offer.

Butterfield

March 18th, 2013 at 2:42 PM ^

No doubt about it.  I'm excited to see what the team looks like with a fresh face at PG.  Trey is an unbelievable player and will hopefully lead the team far in the tourney this year, but a frosh PG that defers to his more experienced but ultra-talented teammates will be fun to watch next season.  Maybe more of a return to Bielien ball instead of so much iso.....at least I hope so. 

MaizeNBlu628

March 18th, 2013 at 2:46 PM ^

Am I missing something? Does Morris play in a much better division? Their stats:

Derrik Walton - 26.2 ppg, 7 apg, 7.3 rpg, 7.3! steals per game

Monte Morris - 18.3 ppg, 6.4 apg, 5.4 rpg, 3.5 steals per game

Butterfield

March 18th, 2013 at 3:02 PM ^

Walton's Harper Woods Chandler Park Academy is a Class B school, Morris' Flint Beecher is Class C. 

All that means is that in the playoffs, Walton faces larger schools that are, presumably, better than smaller schools. 

As far as conferences/leagues:  Chandler Park Academy is in the Charter School League and Beecher is in Gennesse Red.  Granted I was in high school from '92-'96, but no schools in either league stand out as traditional powers. 

 

Both Beecher and CPA played some good non-conference games though - Beecher played Pershing, CPA played Rochester (and James Young). 

WMU81

March 18th, 2013 at 3:20 PM ^

This is garbage..CPA played Country Day twice and Rochester.. Class C bball is a joke. I know because I go to state finals every yr.. Flint Beecher was not impressive at all.. This is garbage. lIke when the kid ( who also happend to go to a Class C school) that went to MSU and then couldnt handle the pressure.

WMU81

March 18th, 2013 at 3:12 PM ^

i watch Flint Beecher last yr at state finals and was not impressed at all.... This pisses me off.. when i read the title i thought young won.. This comes as a big surprise..

Dantana

March 18th, 2013 at 3:37 PM ^

Morris has been a known name since his freshman year while Walton wasnt very well-known until his signed with Michigan last year. Also working against Walton is James Young. Both are in the Metro Detroit area and likely split the vote amongst the voters, while Morris likely took the Tri-Cities, Thumb and Northern Lower.

And the fact that Morris has a state title and has been to at least the semifinals in each of his first 3 years doesnt hurt. Barring any crazy upsets this week, he will likely win his second straight state title as Beecher is Class C #1 at 23-1 with that lone loss coming to Class A #1 (and undefeated) Detroit Pershing.

Blue boy johnson

March 18th, 2013 at 3:39 PM ^

I was hoping Walton won to inch M closer to MSU in Michigan Mr. Basketball attending their school. As of now MSU has 13, Michigan 10 and the field has 10

    High School College HS Grad Yr.
 

Michigan 

     
1   1) ROBERT HENDERSON LANSING EASTERN Michigan 82
2   1) ANTOINE JOUBERT DETROIT SOUTHWESTERN Michigan 83
3   1) GLEN RICE FLINT NORTHWESTERN  Michigan 85
4   1) TERRY MILLS  ROMULUS Michigan 86
5   1) MICHAEL TALLEY  DETROIT COOLEY Michigan 89
6   1) CHRIS WEBBER DETROIT COUNTRY DAY Michigan 91
7   1) WILLIE MITCHELL DETROIT PERSHING Michigan 94
8   1) ROBERT TRAYLOR DETROIT MURRAY-WRIGHT Michigan 95
9   1) DION HARRIS DETROIT REDFORD Michigan 03
10   1) CORPERRYALE HARRIS,  DETROIT REDFORD Michigan 07
         
         
         
 

Michigan State

     
1   1) SAM VINCENT LANSING EASTERN MSU 81
2   1) MATT STEIGENGA GRAND RAPIDS SOUTH CHRISTIAN MSU 88
3   1) ANTHONY MILLER BENTON HARBOR MSU 90
4   1) JON GARAVAGLIA SOUTHGATE AQUINAS MSU 93
5   1) JASON RICHARDSON SAGINAW ARTHUR HILL MSU 99
6   1) MARCUS TAYLOR LANSING WAVERLY MSU 00
7   1) KELVIN TORBERT FLINT NORTHWESTERN MSU 01
8   1) PAUL DAVIS ROCHESTER MSU 02
9   1) DREW NEITZEL WYOMING PARK MSU 04
10   1) DERRICK NIX DETROIT PERSHING MSU 09
11  1) KEITH APPLING  DETROIT PERSHING MSU 10
12  1) DWAUN ANDERSON,  SUTTONS BAY MSU 11
13  1)MATT COSTELLO AUBURN BAY CITY WESTERN MSU 12
         
         
         
 

Other

     
1   1) DEMETREUS GORE  DETROIT CHADSEY Pitt 84
2   1) MARK MACON SAGINAW BUENA VISTA Temple 87
3   1) KENYON MURRAY BATTLE CREEK CENTRAL Iowa 92
4   1) WINFRED WALTON DETROIT PERSHING Fresno State 96
5   1) SHANE BATTIER DETROIT COUNTRY DAY Duke 97
6   1) DANE FIFE CLARKSTON  Indiana 98
7   1) WILSON CHANDLER BENTON HARBOR Depaul 05
8   1) DAVID KOOL GRAND RAPIDS SOUTH CHRISTIAN WMU 06
9   1) BRAD REDFORD,  FRANKENMUTH Xavier 08
10    1) Monte Morris Flint Beecher Iowa State  

 

Blue boy johnson

March 18th, 2013 at 3:47 PM ^

In other useless trivia: Leigh Kakaty of Pop Evil fame, finished 10th in Michigan Mr. Basketball voting in 1995

name High School College HS Grad Yr.
10) Leigh Kakaty North Muskegon Pop Evil 95

 

Tater

March 18th, 2013 at 5:19 PM ^

Walton may have finished second in Mr Basketball, but the way JB is putting the Wolverines together, Walton may get some much better awards, trophies, and memories at Michigan than Morris will at ISU.