Michigan Wolverines point guard Derrick Walton Jr. reminds some of his predecessor, Trey Burke. But as the incoming freshman arrives in Ann Arbor, another player is on his mind -- and has been for several years now. Here's an except from Michael Rothstein's story:
HARPER WOODS, Mich. -- On his phone and on a piece of lined paper tacked onto his wall, Derrick Walton Jr. has a list. He has done this yearly, listing goals he wants to accomplish in basketball and school.
It worked in high school at Chandler Park Academy, where he hit every goal he set last season except two: Winning a state championship and Mr. Basketball -- the latter of which he had little control over.
The lists will continue in college as he enters Michigan with one of the toughest jobs in basketball, replacing point guard Trey Burke, the No. 9 pick in the NBA draft and the consensus national player of the year last season.
The Detroit native has heard the same tropes for months now. How will he replace Burke? Can he lead Michigan to another Final Four? Is he as good as his predecessor?
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