UM's Walton, MSU's Jankoska in NCAA 3-point contest

The Detroit News
Michigan guard Derrick Walton Jr., right, finished 32nd in the nation with 98 made 3-pointers this season.

Michigan senior guard Derrick Walton Jr. is heading to Arizona for the Final Four this week, but it's not exactly how he envisioned it.

Walton is one of eight men's players selected to compete in the NCAA 3-point contest Thursday at Grand Canyon University Arena, along with UCLA's Bryce Alford, Arizona State's Torian Graham, Villanova's Kris Jenkins, Iowa's Peter Jok, Duke's Matt Jones, Iowa State's Nazareth Mitrou-Long and Grand Canyon's DeWayne Russell.

The event is part of the 29th State Farm College Slam Dunk and 3-point Championships that will start at 10 p.m. and be televised on ESPN.

Walton, an All-Big Ten second team selection, shot 42.2 percent from beyond the arc, making a career-high 98 3-pointers (tied for 32nd in the nation) and setting a Michigan single-season record with 232 3-point attempts.

Walton averaged a career-high 15.5 points on 43.6 percent shooting and 4.9 assists to lead the Wolverines to a 26-12 record, a Big Ten tournament title and a Sweet 16 appearance.

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In addition to Walton, there will be more local flavor as Michigan State senior Tori Jankoska will be taking part in the women's 3-point contest. Jankoska shot 38.4 percent from 3-point range this season and led nation with 122 made 3-pointers. She also averaged 22.6 points and eight rebounds a game to lead the Spartans to a 21-12 mark and an NCAA Tournament appearance.

Jankoska will be competing against Washington's Heather Corral, DePaul's Jessica January, Baylor's Alexis Jones, Syracuse's Alexis Peterson, Maryland's Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Kansas State's Kindred Wesemann and Oregon State's Sydney Wise.