You are viewing this article in the archives. For the latest breaking news and updates in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area, see
Posted on Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 2:29 p.m.

Michigan basketball commit Derrick Walton Jr. to play for United States team in German event

By Nick Baumgardner

Future Michigan basketball point guard Derrick Walton Jr. is headed overseas to represent his country.

Walton, a 2013 Wolverine recruit, will play in the 2012 Albert Schweitzer Tournament in Mannheim, Germany next month.

Walton's father, Derrick Sr., confirmed the news to

The event, which features youth players from 16 countries, runs April 7-14.

Joining Walton on the USA team are other recruits for the 2013 class. Players included are Kentucky commit Derek Willis and four-star forward Austin Nichols.

A four-star point guard and standout at Harper Woods' Chandler Park Academy, Walton is currently rated as the 87th-best player in the 2013 class.

This past season, Walton averaged 26.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, seven assists and 7.3 steals per game, according to

Walton currently is joined by fellow Michigan commits Zak Irvin (No. 54) and Mark Donnal (No. 124) in's Top 150 for 2013. Fellow verbal Austin Hatch is not ranked inside the top 150, but is categorized as a three-star prospect.

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan basketball for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.

Want to stay connected to Wolverine basketball in your Facebook newsfeed? “Like”'s Michigan Basketball News & Views.


Wally the Wolverine

Thu, Mar 22, 2012 : 10:32 p.m.

Sprechen ze "Go Blue"!