I expressed most of what I want to say about Derrick in the Zac Irvin appreciation thread. I thank lilweezy19 for starting this thread and all who have contributed to it. It is highly possible that DWalt may go down as my favorite Wolverine ever. Those who know me, know I've been a Michigan fan for a long time, since before the days of Bill Buntin and Cazzie Russell. We're talking so many great Michigan basketball players, Glen Rice and Rudy T, Rickey Green and Michael Magee, Gary Grant, Jalen Rose, and Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Roy Tarpley, Campy Russell, Phil Hubbard, T Mills, Rumeal Robinson, Loy Vaught, Daniel Horton, Antoine "The Judge" Joubert, Robert Traylor, and of course the more recent greats, THJ, Glen Robinson, Nick Stauskas, and Trey Burke. And there are more. These were great, great players and I loved watching them play. I never saw Henry Wilmore because I was in the army and then starting my own coaching career. My son, who was raised with Maize 'N Blue blood flowing through his veins, got autographs from many of these players as a kid in the tunnel outside the locker room at Crisler. So, when I say DWalt may go down as my favorite, just know he's in pretty elite company. The way Derrick has put this team on his back for the latter part of this season is amazing. He's always had the talent. Coach B knows it and begged him to "hunt his shot." Zac Irvin knows it and told Derrick, "man you gotta stop giving it to everyone else and just take over!" And so, for the good of the team, that's what Derrick did! The talent has always been there. Yes, it's at an all time high this year, especially right now, but the talent has been there. He's grown and matured under Beilein who helped him develop the talent God and Derrick's dad gave him. And now he has the confidence to use it...fully...all of it. His unselfishness sometimes got in the way earlier in his career, and earlier this year, but that talent has been there. As a coaches son, he always had to make sure everyone was involved. But the kid is good, real good. Make no mistake about that. He could easily take over in high school. It's more difficult in college. I personally witnessed his triple double in December last year (2015). But his elite play on the basketball floor is only part of why I love Derrick Walton so much. Like Zac and all Michigan players under Beilein, in addition to being a wonderful player, Derrick Walton is an even better person and teammate. He's a STUDENT athlete, he's a leader. He's well spoken, thoughtful, and articulate. He's a terrific young man. I was so proud of him for speaking out when Zac was struggling. That's what a teammate and a leader does. "This is BS!" he said, referring to the criticism his best friend and teammate was getting. That's special. That's who I would want to play with. I said it in my comment in Zac's thread, and yes, I know it was a really long comment, Geoff Clarke, but like I said of Zac, Derrick Walton will be a success in whatever he chooses to do in the future. Basketball, business, coaching, it doesn't matter. He, too, will make us proud. B1G Tournament MVP, you bet your ass he was! Derrick Walton, another one of Michigan's Leaders and Best! Go Blue!!!