Perhaps the biggest X-factor for the Michigan basketball program heading into the 2014-15 season is the continued development of sophomore point guard Derrick Walton Jr.
Walton Jr. had a fine freshman campaign, averaging 7.9 points, 2.9 assists and 3.0 rebounds
while being named to the Big Ten All-Freshman Team. Considering the personnel losses the Wolverines have endured, Walton Jr. will need to have a quality season if Michigan wants to keep winning at an elite level.
With a core that also includes Caris LeVert and Zak Irvin, Walton Jr. will look to keep Michigan moving forward, while having the team contend for another Big Ten title and a deep tournament run.
That said, here are five reasons why Walton Jr. may overachieve this year.