Soon after the hype started to die down from D.J. Wilson being selected as the 17th overall pick to the Milwaukee Bucks, the attention from Michigan fans turned towards a couple other ex-Wolverines.
Derrick Walton Jr. and Zak Irvin, who were long time partners in crime in the Michigan basketball system, were waiting to here their name called and it never did during the draft.
It didn't take long for them to receive a call afterward.
Walton has agreed to join the Orlando Magic for the Orlando Pro Summer League, a league source told MLive.com late last night. Walton will be with the team from July 1 to July 7 in hopes of earning a contract or an invitation to preseason camp.
Irvin on the other hand, will be with a team in the same state as Walton, as he has reportedly joined the Miami Heat’s 2017 Las Vegas Summer League team. ESPN’s Chris Haynes is the one who said Irvin committed.
Walton, a 6-foot-1 point guard, will bring in 127 games of college experience, and is the only player in school history to have over 1,000 points, 500 assists and 400 rebounds.
Walton scored 1,471 points in his career at Michigan, good for 22nd all-time in the Wolverine basketball program. Even though his numbers are impressive, he was never truly seen as a player who could make the NBA.
Then his senior year happened.
He posted career highs across the board: 15.5 ppg, 4.9 apg, 43.6 percent shooting, 42.2 percent 3-point shooting, 34.8 mpg. Walton was even better when it counted most. he averaged 18.3 points, 6.0 assists and 5.5 rebounds in the final 21 games of the season.
Michigan went 15-6 to end the year during that 21 game span. Those big shots and career making moments along the way that decided a lot of games belonged to none other than Walton himself.
In his seven postseason games last year, Walton averaged 19.7 points and 7.1 assists. Walton landed 11 pre-draft workouts, including one with the Detroit Pistons.
Irvin will bring in 142 career games as a college player as he joins Miami from July 7-17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. The 6-foot-6 forward will hope to earn an invitation to preseason training camp and then ultimately a NBA contract.
Irvin is fresh off of a 1,610 point career at Michigan, which is good for 13th all-time in program history. He ranks third in both all-time for 3-point field goals made (241) and attempted (681). He was a two-time All-Big Ten honorable mention in 2016 and 2017.
As a senior in 2016-17, Irvin averaged 13.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He helped lead Michigan to the Big Ten Tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
Irvin will need all of his 3-point shooting ability and his step-in, pull-up jumper that Michigan viewers are so used to seeing will be enough to get him in the league.
Irvin played in the Portsmouth Invitational and worked out for a number of NBA teams in the pre-draft process.
Neither Walton or Irvin has announced an official arrival date to their destination of where they will start with the teams.