Derrick Walton Flashes His Potential

Gregory Shamus

Check out video of Derrick Walton putting up 40 points at the Romulus Holiday Classic.

First it was Darius Morris. Then it was Trey Burke. Next up: Derrick Walton. John Beilein knows an elite point guard when he sees one, and Walton flashed that elite ability at the Romulus Holiday Classic by dropping a cool 40 points:

Pay close enough attention and you'll recognize another player on Walton's team.

What should we expect from Walton when he arrives in Ann Arbor? Short answer: great things.

The long answer entails comparisons to recent Wolverine greats at the point guard position. Darius Morris possessed a decent handle for a longer point guard, but his true strength was his passing, making his ridiculously long passes in transition look as routine as his no-look passes in the paint:

Burke, on the other hand, is quicker and more likely to knock down an open jumper. He can still pass with the best of them:

Walton is somewhere between the two in terms of skill sets. Burke is the best of the bunch, combining an elite handle, a solid jump shot and great court vision. Morris was great but doesn't have the same handle or shot as Burke. Walton has Morris' vision and a jumper that rivals Burke's, but he won't be able to slash as well as either of his predecessors because he isn't as quick. He can still drive, but he'll be more of a distributor in the lane than Morris and Burke were.

I'll take another point guard with elite court vision and a legitimate three-point shot.

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