It’s time for my latest “Three Takes,” and this week I’m offering my thoughts on Wisconsin’s six game winning streak, the Wolverines’ 3-point shooting and Michigan junior guard Derrick Walton Jr. Get my latest thoughts below. Remember early in the season when Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig had to play great in order for the Badgers to have any chance of winning? Those days are now over. Multiple players have stepped up during Wisconsin’s six game winning streak and the Badgers now have a true team. In last night’s win over Nebraska, four Badgers scored in double figures, and
It’s been a long road back for Derrick Walton. [ MORE: Like this post? Check out our Gone Viral section! ] The other Michigan guard who missed much of last season, along with preseason first All-Big Ten honoree Caris LeVert, is doing things he couldn’t do for the last several months. For example, cutting and dunking. Walton, who missed Michigan’s final 12 games with a right foot injury, proved just how healthy he is in the videos posted above and below. Looking good! Walton’s return, along with LeVert’s, will bolster an already deep and talented Michigan backcourt.
While analysts across the nation are busy compiling their super-early 2014-15 hoops polls, I thought I’d go with a more exact-inexact exercise and share my top five 2014-15 breakout candidates. You know the names from this season, but they’re certain to be even bigger names next season. Derrick Walton Jr., Michigan. Two names for you: Darius Morris and Trey Burke. Those are John Beilein’s previous two point guards, and both made gigantic strides as a sophomore. Walton Jr. isn’t going to win National Player of the Year, as Burke did, but he’s a do-it-all guard who will continue the recent
Michigan claimed its first outright Big Ten title since 1986 in Tuesday night’s 84-53 victory at Illinois. The Wolverines, who won a share of the 2012 crown, have now been on top of the Big Ten in two of the last three seasons. For fun, I decided to highlight some of the top moments along the way to the outright crown. There are many top moments, but these are the ones that stick out the most. What do you think? [ MORE: Michigan tops Stephen Bardo’s Big Ten Power Rankings ] 5. Nik Stauskas hits clutch stepback trey to seal
It’s time for me to reach into my mail bag to answer your pressing questions. Basketball is on your mind. And that’s understandable, as we are in the heart of the season as I type this. So, let’s begin. [ MORE: Survey Says: Who is the Big Ten’s top newcomer ] Do you think that Michigan is for real? I really love watching the Wolverines play. – J.R. Rinehart Michigan is fun to watch, isn’t it? Making the success even more delicious is the fact no one expected this type of excellence from the Wolverines after they lost Trey Burke
The Big Ten announced its latest weekly men’s basketball honors Monday morning, and a pair of Michigan players swept the awards. Star Nik Stauskas took Player of the Week and Derrick Walton Jr. claimed Freshman of the Week, this after the duo helped the Wolverines beat No. 10 Iowa and No. 3 Michigan State to stay perfect in Big Ten play. Player of the Week: Nik Stauskas, Michigan G – So. – 6-6 Averaged 22.5 points, 4.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game in leading #21/T25 Michigan to wins over #10/10 Iowa and #3/3 Michigan State For the
Michigan’s Derrick Walton Jr. hit the kind of shot on Thursday night that kids dream about when shooting hoops in their driveway growing up. The Wolverines’ freshman point guard took one dribble and heaved a half-court shot at the halftime buzzer, which swished through the basket and put the Wolverines up 33-30 over Nebraska heading into the half. MUST SEE: You won't believe the shot @umichbball freshman Derrick Walton Jr. hit at the halftime buzzer! WATCH – http://t.co/YGUlKnj3uf — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) January 10, 2014 The referees reviewed the shot and determined that Walton did indeed get it off
Derrick Walton Jr. showed why he was such a heralded recruit in the Michigan’s exhibition opener Tuesday at Crisler Center. In the span of 37 seconds, the true freshman scored seven points on three consecutive buckets, setting one up with a nifty steal and finish. After his final bucket, Walton grabbed a rebound, dribbled up the court and found Jordan Morgan for a wide open dunk. Watch the full sequence in this post. INSTANT REPLAY: @umichbball's Derrick Walton Jr. scored 7 pts in 37 seconds. Incredible! #orvillemoment WATCH – http://t.co/Vgy1sQx2nY — Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 29, 2013 Presented by