ESPN analyst: Michigan signee Derrick Walton 'the prospect to look out for' in the B1G next season
Trey Burke leads the Big Ten in assists, he's an All-American and he's Michigan's best player.
But, there's a chance he'll be playing professional basketball next season.
And, if that's the case, the Wolverines will need another explosive point guard to take his place in 2013-14. And in Chandler Park Academy point guard Derrick Walton, Michigan has exactly that, according to ESPN analyst Dave Telep.
"Let's look at the lineage of point guards for Michigan," Telep said recently during a video filmed for ESPN.com. "Darius Morris turned out pretty well. Trey Burke, they're not missing a beat with him. And then (they might) hand the reigns over to this young man, Derrick Walton.
"I think he is the prospect to look out for in Big Ten recruiting. If Trey Burke leaves (for the NBA draft), there will be a seamless gap -- as seamless as you can have when you lose an NBA pick -- with Derrick Walton. He can come in, get guys shots, lead a team with tremendous humility. He knows exactly who he is, and he'll really help Michigan."
A four-star point guard prospect according to ESPN.com, Walton is ranked No. 35 on Telep's Top 100 for next season. He is rated as the fifth-best point guard prospect in the country, and the second-best prospect in the state of Michigan -- behind only Kentucky signee James Young.
Walton is joined in the 2013 class by four-star wing Zak Irvin (No. 24 in ESPN's Top 100) and four-star power forward Mark Donnal (No. 99 in ESPN's Top 100).
Michigan's three-man class is ranked No. 11 overall by ESPN.com.