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Spike Albrecht is going to play an important role for the Michigan Wolverines this season.
Although Derrick Walton will likely be the Michigan Wolverines starting point guard, it never hurts to have a solid No. 2 like Spike Albrecht. After all, Walton is just a true freshman and will undoubtedly endure some growing pains. These will be the times Michigan needs Albrecht's experience more than ever.
What the Crown Point, Ind. native lacks in athleticism, he makes up for with tremendous passion and a high basketball IQ. A smooth shooting stroke never hurts either.
Look no further than Albrecht's 17-point outburst in last season's national championship game for evidence of those three traits.
Albrecht has a huge chip on his shoulder, Appalachian State basketball coach Jason Capel told Ryan Kransoo of Sports Illustrated. If you look at him he’s not the first guy you’re going to pick to be on your team, but the second you see him start playing you realize that his team is going to win more games than not.
Walton is not going to be able to shoulder the same weight Wooden Award-winner Trey Burke did in 2012-13. Not too many players could handle it. This means Albrecht is going to see an increase in minutes at the point. John Beilein will likely play the rising sophomore at shooting guard in certain situations as well.
A year ago, Michigan would have been just fine without Albrecht in all but a couple of games. This season, his presence will be an important key to the Wolverines' success.