Derrick Walton Jr. (Harper Woods Chandler Park) finished second this week in Michigan’s Mr. Basketball voting (Elizabeth Conley/Detroit News)
Michigan guard Trey Burke isn't the only one receiving accolades in March. Two of the Wolverines' signees for next season are receiving acclaim, as well.
Derrick Walton Jr. (Harper Woods Chandler Park) and Zak Irvin (Fishers, Ind.) are two of the Gatorade state players of the year, announced Thursday.
According to the criteria: "The winners were selected based on athletic production and impact in season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership."
Only one winner was selected per state.
Both Walton and Irvin are part of U-M's 2013 freshman class, along with Mark Donnal, of Whitehouse, Ohio. Walton finished second this week in Michigan's Mr. Basketball voting; Irvin is one of the frontrunners for Indiana's award.
Walton, a 6-foot-1 point guard, averaged 26.2 points, 10.1 assists and 7.7 rebounds this season and led Chandler Park to the Class B regionals. He has a 3.5 grade-point average.
Irvin, a 6-foot-6 wing, averaged 24.6 points and nine rebounds and led Hamilton Southeastern to a Class 4A sectional final and has a 3.38 grade-point average.
See all the state winners here: http://bit.ly/10mByJv