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Quick Analysis: Michigan Finds Derrick Walton's Successor in Xavier Simpson

We take a look at what the four-star 2016 point guard brings with his commitment to Michigan

Michigan Basketball added its fourth commitment of the 2016 class on Wednesday afternoon the form of 2016 point guard Xavier Simpson (Lima, Ohio), filling the point guard spot they have been desperately trying to fill.

Simpson is a four-star prospect and the 13th-ranked point guard in the class of 2016, according to the 247 Composite.

At 6-foot, 170 pounds, Simpson looks a lot like Michigan's last two starting point guards in terms of size. In his junior season at Lima Senior HS, he averaged 19.8 points per game.

Simpson is a well-rounded point guard prospect. He shoots well from the perimeter and has shown he can hit free throws at about an 80 percent rate. He shows good leadership and has a high basketball IQ, as well as being able to come up in the clutch. He brings his best effort to both sides of the floor and does not look like a player that takes plays off.

The Wolverines were in dire need of a on-court general during this cycle. Derrick Walton is heading into his junior year and the possibility of an NBA future always exists with Beilein's roster. If Walton was to have a big year and leave, Michigan was in trouble without a point guard of the future.

Walton does not look like he is heading anywhere for now, so what Simpson gets to do now is learn for a year before the starting point guard spot ultimately becomes his, assuming he pans out as a prospect.