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The Michigan coaches are already excited about incoming freshman Derrick Walton.
Following a 17-point outburst in the first half of last season's national title game, Spike Albrecht entered the offseason as a legitimate contender to become the starting point guard.
The competition will be fierce, though, with 4-star prospect Derrick Walton coming to campus this summer.
Despite the fact that the battle to replace Trey Burke in the starting five has yet to begin, Walton may already have a leg up. Although performance in practice will determine which player gets the spot, the coaches love what they see in Walton.
In early June, assistant coach LaVall Jordan said this on WTKA-AM 1050 (h/t Mlive):
He's a kid with a high skill level on the way in. Derrick can really handle it, and has great vision. I told some of our returning guys -- he's like Spike on steroids, the way that Spike handles the game, has a fearlessness about him, can handle and make plays for others and kind of put the ball in positions where guys don’t have to work too hard to be able to finish a play. (Walton) can do that.
Walton's athleticism sets him apart from Albrecht. The fast break will once again be an important part of Michigan's offense, which is why the former appears to be the best candidate to start.
There is still plenty of time for Albrecht to prove the doubters wrong. However, he has some ground to make up, given Jordan's comments.