Walton Jr. "rewarded" by No. 39 ranking 

May, 24, 2012
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Derrick Walton Jr. found out through a vibration from his phone. Sitting in class at Chandler Park Academy on Thursday afternoon, he quickly checked the message, clicked the link and found out the work he put in over the past two seasons had panned out.

He was the No. 39 player in the country in the initial 2013 ESPN 100 and the No. 9 point guard in the nation, rocketing up 11 slots in the point guard rankings and entering the national conversation for the first time.

“A couple of my teammates were in class and they were wondering what I was looking at,” Walton Jr. said Thursday afternoon. “When I told them, they were happy for me.”
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