Derrick Walton

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Derrick Walton
20170301 NW-UM Derrick Walton on the move.jpg
No. 29 – Miami Heat
Position Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1995-04-03) April 3, 1995 (age 22)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school Chandler Park Academy
(Harper Woods, Michigan)
College Michigan (2013–2017)
NBA draft 2017 / Undrafted
Playing career 2017–present
Career history
2017–present Miami Heat
2017–present Sioux Falls Skyforce
Career highlights and awards

Derrick Walton, Jr. (born April 3, 1995) is an American basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association (NBA), on a two-way contract with the Heat's NBA G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. Walton played college basketball for the Michigan Wolverines. In high school, he was a 2013 Parade All-American, the 2013 Michigan Boys Basketball Gatorade Player of the Year and the runner up in the 2013 Mr. Basketball of Michigan as a senior at Chandler Park Academy. He was a 2013–14 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season All-Freshman selection in the Big Ten for the 2013–14 team, which won the 2013–14 Big Ten Conference regular-season championship outright. He was a 2015–16 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season All-Big Ten third team selection by the coaches and honorable mention selection by the media as a junior. He was a 2016–17 Big Ten Conference men's basketball season All-Big Ten second team selection by the coaches and the media as a senior. Walton is the only Wolverine with 1,000-points, 500-rebounds and 400-assists and holds the school single-game assist record (16). He was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2017 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament for the tournament champion 2016–17 Wolverines.

Early life[edit]

Walton was born in Detroit, Michigan to Angela and Derrick Walton Sr. on April 3, 1995.[1] Walton had considered attending Saginaw High School with a close friend of his named Dorian Dawkins, but Dawkins collapsed at a basketball camp on June 12, 2009 due to a heart defect and Walton Sr. got the coaching job at Chandler Park Academy.[2] June 13, 2011 was the first day that Michigan offered scholarships to the class of 2013.[3] On August 1, 2011, Walton announced his non-binding verbal commitment to Michigan. At the time, he was ranked 77th, 88th and 92nd in the class of 2013 according to Scout.com, Rivals.com and ESPN.com, respectively.[4] This commitment came one day after Zak Irvin joined Michigan's 2013 recruiting class.[3] As a junior, he had a breakout season that included posting 47 points and had 12 rebounds against Crockett High School on March 9, 2012, and a quadruple-double against Cesar Chavez Academy on January 31, 2012.[5] During the summer of 2012, Walton jumped in the Rivals.com ranking from 57th to 44th in the national class of 2013.[6] On November 16, 2012, Michigan men's basketball received a signed National Letter of Intent from the 6-foot (1.83 m) Walton.[5] At Chandler Park Academy, he was 2013 Mr. Basketball of Michigan runner up by a 2,130–2,086 margin to Iowa State signee Monte Morris but had one more 1st place vote.[7][8] He was a 2013 Parade All-American honoree and the Michigan Boys Basketball Gatorade Player of the Year.[9][10] By the end of his high school career, he was ranked 37th by Rivals.[11]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Derrick Walton
PG
Detroit, MI Chandler Park Academy (MI) 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 172.5 lb (78.2 kg) Jan 8, 2011 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 89
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 36, 7 (PG)   Rivals: 37, 8 (PG)  ESPN: 30, 8 (PG), 2 (MI)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

College[edit]

Walton joined a team that had just lost Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway, Jr. to the 2013 NBA draft.[12][13] The 2012–13 Wolverines had reached the championship game of the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, losing to Louisville.[14]

Freshman season[edit]

Walton shoots over Jabari Parker of Duke
Walton and DeAndre Mattieu in the MichiganMinnesota 2013–14 Big Ten season opener

In September 2013, Sports Illustrated named him the 9th best freshman.[15] Sporting News named him the 3rd best Big Ten newcomer.[16] On November 8, the Wolverines opened the season against UMass Lowell. Michigan played 6 freshman and Walton started.[17][18] Michigan played its third game of Walton's freshman season against Morris' Iowa State Cyclones and Walton outscored Morris by a 13–2 margin, but it was Iowa State who won the contest, upsetting the AP Poll #7/Coaches Poll #8 Wolverines 77–70 on November 17.[19] On November 22 against Florida State, Walton contributed 15 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds to a two-point overtime victory.[20] Walton posted 7 assists for the first time on November 29 against Coppin State.[21][22] On January 9 against Nebraska, Walton contributed key baskets at the end of each half in a one-point victory, giving Michigan its first 5-game win streak since the 2013 NCAA tournament. He made a buzzer beater from beyond half court before the half to give Michigan a halftime lead and a layup in Michigan's final possession to take the lead.[23][24] On January 25 in the Michigan–Michigan State rivalry game, Walton set a new career high with a team-high (tied with Nik Stauskas) 19 points and added 6 rebounds and 4 assists to help Michigan defeat the (#3)[25] Michigan State Spartans 80–75.[26] The victory marked the first time in school history that the team defeated three consecutive AP Poll top ten opponents and marked the first time since the 1986–87 Iowa Hawkeyes that any team has won three consecutive games all of which were against top 10 opponents.[27] It also gave Michigan a 7–0 Big Ten start, which is the best since the 1976–77 team won its first eight games.[27] In the game, Walton went 9-for-10 from the free throw line including 8-for-9 in the final two and a half minutes. For the week, Walton earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week recognition.[28][29] On February 11, Walton posted his first double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds against Ohio State helping Michigan win at Ohio State for the first time in 11 years.[30][31] Following the regular season, he was named a Big Ten All-Freshman team selection by the coaches.[32][33] Michigan clinched its first outright (unshared) Big Ten Conference championship since 1985–86.[34] The 2013–14 team advanced to the elite eight round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament before being eliminated by Kentucky.[35] He posted a career-high 4 steals in an upset loss against the EMU Eagles.[36][37]

Sophomore season[edit]

Walton's season was cut short in January.

In its preseason top 100 player rankings, ESPN ranked Walton #87.[38] Walton was named along with Big Ten point guards Yogi Ferrell and Melo Trimble to the 36-man Bob Cousy Award Preseason Watch List.[39][40]

When Walton and Caris LeVert were sidelined for the season in January 2015, the 2014–15 Wolverines began to struggle

Walton opened the season with a career-high 22 points against Hillsdale College on November 15.[41][42] On November 29, he was sidelined with an undetermined toe injury against Nicholls State.[43] On December 9, Walton set a career high with 4 steals in a loss against Eastern Michigan.[44][45] On December 22, Walton posted a career high of 9 assists against Coppin State.[46][47] In the January 17 win vs. Northwestern, Walton made a career-high 4 three point shots.[48][49] On January 20 against Rutgers in the first game after Caris LeVert (the team's leader in scoring, rebounding, assists, steals and minutes) was lost for the season, Walton scored a team-high 12 points, including 10 as Michigan rallied from a 42–37 deficit to assume a 52–44 lead with just 32.5 seconds left. The 10 points included two three pointers that tied the score at 42 and gave Michigan a 45–42 lead and 4 free throws in the final minute.[50][51] On January 24, Walton scored a team-high 17 and hit a 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds to go against (AP #6/Coaches #5)[52] Wisconsin to tie the game and send it to overtime, but Michigan eventually lost.[53] On January 27 Walton was sidelined as Michigan defeated Nebraska, which began extended time out of the lineup.[54][55] Walton missed the January 27 game against Nebraska and the final 12 games of the season due to a toe injury.[54][55][56]

Junior season[edit]

After playing only 19 of Michigan's 32 games the prior season for the 2014–15 Wolverines, Walton began the season as a starter against Northern Michigan.[57][58] On November 16 against Elon, Walton led all players with 24 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. His performance included career highs of 24 points, 8 field goals (10 attempts) and 6 three point shots (7 attempts).[59][60] Walton sprained his ankle in the first half of the December 1 ACC–Big Ten Challenge victory over NC State.[61][62] The injury was caused when NC State's Abdul-Malik Abu stepped on Walton's foot.[63] In the subsequent game on December 5 against Houston Baptist, Caris LeVert started in his place at point guard while he sat out.[64][65] On December 15 against Northern Kentucky, Walton returned from an ankle injury that sidelined him for three games, and posted 16 points, one rebound, one assist and one steal.[66][67] On December 19 against Youngstown State, Walton posted 10 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists, becoming the fifth player in Michigan program history to record a triple-double.[68][69] The rebound and assist totals were career highs.[70] On January 12 with leading scorer Caris LeVert sidelined, Michigan defeated (#3/#3)[71] Maryland 70–67 as Walton had a 12-point/10-rebound double double.[72][73] On January 23, Walton's 19-point, 12-rebound double-double helped Michigan defeat Nebraska 81–68,[74][75] and his 13-point, 10-rebound double-double on January 30 against Penn State helped lead Michigan to victory in the inaugural B1G Super Saturday game at Madison Square Garden.[76][77] On February 10, Michigan defeated Minnesota behind a career-high 26 points by Walton.[78][79] Following the 2015–16 Big Ten season, he was listed as a third team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection by the media.[80][81][82] On March 11, during the quarterfinals of the 2016 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament against Indiana, Walton set a Big Ten Tournament single-game record with 12 assists.[83][84] Walton finished the Big Ten Tournament with 22 assists over the course of the tournament, tying him for third on the all-time single tournament list with Brent Darby (2003),[85][86] until Denzel Valentine went on to total 28 assists for the tournament the next day.[87] On March 18, Michigan lost to No. 6 seed Notre Dame, 63–70. Walton recorded a career-high six steals, along with 10 points, eight assists and four rebounds.[88][89]

Senior season[edit]

Walton entered the season as one of ten Preseason All-Big Ten honorees.[90] He served as a co-captain with Zak Irvin.[91] In the championship game of the 2016 2K Sports Classic held at Madison Square Garden on November 18, Walton made a career-high seven three-point shots and scored 23, as Michigan defeated SMU 76–54.[92][93] On December 10 against (#2/#2) UCLA Walton posted nine points, becoming the 51st Wolverine in program history to eclipse 1,000 career points.[94] On January 6, 2017, Walton was one of five Big Ten players included on the 30-man Senior CLASS Award candidate list.[95] On February 7 against Michigan State, Walton posted 20 points, eight assists and five rebounds, becoming the third player in program history to eclipse 1,000-points, 400-rebounds and 400-assists, joining Gary Grant and Jalen Rose.[96] On February 12, Walton led Michigan to its first road win with 25 points against Indiana, marking his fifth consecutive 20-point game.[97][98] After averaging 22.5 points, 6.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals and shooting a 60.9 percent (14/23) field goal percentage, an 83.3 percent (5/6) three-point percentage and a perfect 12/12 on his free throws, Walton earned Co-Big Ten Player of the Week honors (along with Jordan Murphy) on February 13.[99][100] On February 16 against (#11/#10)[101] Wisconsin, Walton posted five points, five rebounds, and eight assists, becoming the first player in program history to eclipse 1,000-points, 500-rebounds and 400-assists.[102] On March 5, Walton posted 18 points, 5 steals, and set the Michigan single-game assists record with 16 against Nebraska in the final regular season game of his senior year,[103][104][105] surpassing Grant who had twice totalled 14.[106] Walton earned another Co-Big Ten Player of the Week honors (along with Caleb Swanigan) on March 6.[105] Walton was recognized by both the coaches and the media as a second-team All-Big Ten selection.[107][108] Walton was one of ten Big Ten players honored as All-District selections by the United States Basketball Writers Association.[109]

Prior to the 2017 Big Ten Conference Men's Basketball Tournament Walton incurred stitches in his right leg for injuries sustained in an airplane accident to the tournament.[110] In the March 11 semifinal of the Big Ten Tournament against Minnesota, Walton posted a career-high 29 points including a perfect 10-for-10 on his free throws as well as a game-high 9 assists to lead Michigan to an 84–77 victory.[111][112] In the championship game 71-56 victory over (#23/#24) Wisconsin, Walton posted 22 points for eighth-seeded Michigan.[113] During the Big Ten Tournament, Walton averaged 20.5 points, 6.3 assist, 4.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals while shooting 22-23 from the free throw line.[114][115] After the tournament, he was named Big Ten Tournament Most Outstanding Player.[116]

In the first round of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament Walton posted 26 points and 11 assists in a 92–91 victory over Oklahoma State.[117] It marked the first time a player had had either at least 11 assists and 24 points or at least 25 points, 10 assists and 5 rebounds in an NCAA Division I tournament game since Dwyane Wade in 2003.[118][119] The team reached the sweet sixteen round of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.[120][121] Walton was included on the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division I All‐District 7 second-team on March 22.[122] Walton finished second in minutes played (34.8), free throw percentage (87.6%) and assists/turnover ration (2.9) in the Big Ten for the season.[123] He finished his career second in career free throw percentage (83.67%), third in career games started (126) fourth in career assists (499) and fourth in career three-point field goals made (233).[124] He was selected to participate as a 3-Point Championship contestant in the March 30 State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships as part of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament final four weekend.[125] Walton finished 3rd out of 8.[126] Following the season, Walton was named team MVP.[127] On April 30, 2017, Jeff Goodman of ESPN reported that he was named as an alternate to the NBA Draft Combine.[128] Ultimately, Walton was invited to attend the combine.[129]

Professional career[edit]

Following the season Walton went undrafted in the 2017 NBA draft and signed to play with the Orlando Magic for the 2017 NBA Summer League.[130] Walton had an impressive summer league performance.[131][132] He averaged 10.0 points, 3.5 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 20.5 minutes in four games while shooting 46.9% (15-of-32) field goal percentage and 50% (6-of-12) on three-point shots,[133] and there was speculation that given the Magic's point guard roster at the time, which included only Elfrid Payton (the starter), D. J. Augustin and the partially guaranteed C. J. Watson, that Walton might stick with the Magic. The Magic had a choice between buying Watson out for $1 million or guaranteeing him $5 million.[134] Although the prediction that Watson was expendable proved to be correct,[135] the Magic opted to sign point guard Shelvin Mack as their 3rd point guard.[136] On July 24, 2017, Walton signed a two-way contract with the Miami Heat, meaning he would split his playing time between the Heat and their G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.[133][137]

Notes[edit]

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