Michigan’s Derrick Walton Jr. earns first Big Ten weekly award

James Hawkins
The Detroit News
Derrick Walton Jr.

Senior guard Derrick Walton Jr.'s stellar week just got even better.

After powering Michigan to back-to-back double-digits wins over Michigan State and Indiana, Walton earned his first Big Ten Player of the Week award on Monday.

Walton shared the honor with Minnesota sophomore forward Jordan Murphy.

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).

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Against Michigan State, Walton joined Gary Grant and Jalen Rose as the only players in program history to have at least 1,000 career points, 400 rebounds and 400 assists. Walton needs two rebounds to become the first Wolverine with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists.

The weekly award comes as Walton is in the midst of the best stretch of his career. Over the past eight games, he’s shooting 54.8 percent from the field and averaging 20.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists in 34.6 minutes.

Walton is the first Wolverine to be named player of the week since Nik Stauskas (March 10, 2014).


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