Derrick Walton Jr.’s triple-double helped push the Michigan Wolverines to a 105-46 victory Saturday evening over the Youngstown State Penguins at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor.
The junior point guard scored 10 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished 13 assists, notching the team’s second triple-double in as many games. On Tuesday, senior guard Caris LeVert scored 13 points, grabbed 10 boards and threw out 10 helps during a 77-62 win over the Northern Kentucky Norse in Ann Arbor.
Saturday marked Walton Jr.’s first collegiate triple-double; however, he had flirted around with one a couple times prior to this weekend. Earlier this year, he contributed 24 points, seven rebounds and six assists during Michigan’s 88-68 victory over Elon.
As a freshman, he scored 13 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and had six assists during a 70-60 win over Ohio State. Walton Jr. is the fifth Wolverines player to post a triple-double. That list includes LeVert, Manny Harris, Darius Morris and Gary Grant.
Walton Jr.’s return bodes well for Michigan. Prior to this week’s games (Tuesday/Saturday), he had missed three games due an ankle injury. Before that, he missed the entire summer session with the same injury. Despite the setbacks, the point guard averages 10.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.
He’s clearly intent on contributing more this year.
“He’s got a really good attitude, and I think he really appreciates, right now, what it’s like to play at Michigan,” Beilein said after Tuesday’s win over Northern Kentucky. “The days are counting down, right? Now he’s in Game 10 of his junior year and you know, ‘How many games do I have left over the next two years?’”