Derrick Walton, Monte Morris impressive at Las Vegas showcase

April 23, 2012 in High School

By Patrick Hayes

Dave Telep of ESPN.com attended the ADIDAS VIP Exclusive Run and Pangos Spring Spectacular in Las Vegas last weekend and his report included some thoughts on strong performances by a couple of talented Michigan high school guards.

Telep on Chandler Park‘s Derrick Walton:

The Michigan Wolverines have a good thing going at the point. Darius Morris handed it to Trey Burke and eventually Burke will hand the position to Walton. He’s a powerfully-built point guard who he sees the floor, has a fine hoops IQ and is a threat to get to the rim or pop it from deep. Impressive kid whom John Beilein can trust to lead his team.

And on Beecher‘s Monte Morris:

Monte Morris (Flint, Mich./Beecher) had to step up when Walton went down with an injury and by all accounts he did just that. The Michigan Mustangs have a pair of high-major guards in the backcourt. Morris is more of a combo-guard. He has an unnamed leader from the following list: Indiana, Iowa State, Georgia Tech, Southern Cal, Arizona State and Rhode Island. He’ll make an unofficial visit to Indiana the weekend of May 4.

Walton has already committed to the University of Michigan. Morris has yet to make a college decision, though he has plenty of suitors (Michigan supposedly among them). He led Beecher to a state championship this season. Next season, he’ll return as a four-year starter and he has a chance to lead his team to the Breslin Center for the fourth straight year, which should firmly put him in the Mr. Basketball conversation.