Michigan gave itself an insurance policy in case Trey Burke goes pro by signing Spike Albrecht out of Northfield Mount Hermon in Massachusetts. This news was confirmed by ESPN's Adam Finkelstein on Friday.
Albrecht is coming off a strong senior season at NMH in which he led the Hoggers to the NEPSAC Class AAA Championship, defeating national powerhouse Brewster (NH) in the semi-finals before knocking off St. Thomas More (CT) in the final. Albrecht scored 23 points in the final en route to MVP honors.
While at NMH, Albrecht played with two other Division I players in Evan Cummins (Harvard) and Ethan O'Day (Vermont).
Albrecht's signing improves what is already one of the best recruiting classes in the country. John Beilein has signed three top 100 players in Mitch McGary (Brewster), Nik Stauskas (St. Mark's, MA) and Glenn Robinson III (Lake Central HS, IN). Adding Albrecht will give this class a young point guard to grow with, and someone with experience playing with high-level talent.
According to ESPN's scouting report:
Albrecht is an old school style point guard who plays the game the right way and makes those around him better. He's very crafty with a tremendously high basketball I.Q. and great endurance but needs to either become more athletic or shoot it with a higher percentage.
Additionally, Albrecht played his AAU ball with the SYF Players where he was teammates with McGary and Robinson. Michigan now has the 11th ranked recruiting class in 2012.