Derrick Walton Jr., a former Michigan guard who is third all-time in starts for the Wolverines, has signed to continue his pro basketball career in Australia.

The Detroit native was a star with the Wolverines, as he started 125 of 127 games over 4 seasons from 2013-2017. He was the only player in school history with at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists.

The Sydney Kings announced the signing of Walton Jr., who is also a former Detroit Pistons point guard, for the upcoming NBL23 season. Most recently, Walton Jr. split time between the Detroit Pistons and their G League affiliate the Motor City Cruise. He is the first import signing for the Sydney Kings for NBL23.

Kings CEO Chris Pongrass said the club was thrilled to secure the services of the dynamic point guard.

“Derrick is a rare find – experienced, unselfish, and wildly efficient – we see him having a major impact in this league, and are excited for him to join our group,” Pongrass said. “He has a deep offensive repertoire and is an efficient scorer yet is renowned for his playmaking ability and creating for his teammates, leading the G League in assists last season.

“Derrick possesses all the physical tools we were looking for with this signing. He is strong, robust, and will embrace the physicality of this league. His style of play very much suits Chase’s system, and I am comforted knowing we have someone with a raft of NBA and European experience.