Fresh off of a record-setting performance in the regular season finale, Michigan point guard Derrick Walton Jr. was named to both of the All-Big Ten second teams, voted on by the league's coaches and media members, respectively, the conference announced this afternoon.
The senior Walton averages 14.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.5 assists while shooting 43% from the field and 42% from the three-point line. The Harper Woods Chandler Park product is the first Wolverine in program history to amass 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists in a career.
In Sunday's 93-57 win at Nebraska, Walton scored 18 points and handed out a school-record 16 assists.
"He and Melo Trimble have become the two great point guards in this league," U-M coach John Beilein said on the "Mitch Albom Show" on WJR-AM (760). "What's really interesting is we were struggling in the midseason at finding ways to score the ball, finding ways to stop people and amazingly we just decided to start dialing Derrick up more. As we dialed him up more, he started liking that."
Michigan State's Miles Bridges, named the Big Ten freshman of the year, joined Walton on both second teams.
Michigan's Moe Wagner (12.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 57% field-goal shooting, 43% three-point shooting) was award honorable mention status by both voting entities, while Zak Irvin (12.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 43% field-goal shooting) was on the media's honorable mention team.
Purdue's Caleb Swanigan was named Big Ten player of the year. He was on both first teams, along with Trimble, Iowa's Peter Jok, Minnesota's Nate Mason and Wisconsin's Ethan Happ.
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