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Derrick Walton needs to be assertive to be the starting point guard.
The battle at point guard is going to be a notable storyline during nonconference play but will likely fade away by the time Big Ten games begin. Neither Spike Albrecht nor Derrick Walton Jr. has been able to separate from one another through Michigan's two exhibition games.
Walton impressed with 11 points and four assists against Concordia only to follow it up with a lackluster performance versus Wayne State. The true freshman looked hesitant and struggled early on, though these nights are going to happen from time to time. Growing pains are to be expected with a young point guard. He finished with seven points on 1-of-4 shooting, four assists and a pair of turnovers against the Warriors.
Meanwhile, Albrecht keeps plugging along and will not back down in the battle for the starting spot. The Crown Point, Ind., product tallied 11 total points in exhibition play but looked more like a role player than a starter.
Albrecht will still be important to this Michigan team, even if he comes off the bench.
Caris LeVert figures to see some action at the point as well, so the Wolverines have options if Walton begins to struggle at any point.
Bet on Walton to be the clear-cut starter by January, though.