Michigan Wolverines senior guard Spike Albrecht received a release from the school on March 28, per Jeff Goodman of ESPN, allowing him to move on to another team and play as a graduate transfer.
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Albrecht Reveals New Team on Twitter
Tuesday, May 3
Spike Albrecht @SpikeAlbrecht
Excited to announce that I'll be playing my 5th year for Purdue University!! #BoilerUp5/3/2016, 1:09:51 PM
During his time in Ann Arbor, the Crown Point, Indiana, native averaged 3.9 points and two assists per game.
He decided to end his career in December when a nagging hip injury forced him to step away from the sport after just nine games in 2015, but shortly thereafter his father hinted he may play one more season if healthy, per MLive's Brendan F. Quinn. He was eligible for a fifth season because he did not play in 30 percent of his team's games before suffering the injury.
Albrecht became well-known nationally during his freshman season, when he scored 17 first-half points in a national championship game loss to the Louisville Cardinals. The under-recruited 5'11'' guard said he was just happy to get the opportunity, but he was ready to walk away from the game following two hip surgeries in the offseason last year, per Nick Baumgardner of MLive:
I felt really, really good after about four or five months (after the surgeries) with just day-to-day activities. ... But when basketball hit, it became a whole different animal. You don't realize the grind, especially at this level, and the demand of being a Division I basketball player -- especially at this level -- so that made it very tough.
In terms of my future, I don't really know. I can't really foresee how this injury's going to go. I'm just hoping to continue to rehab and attack it as hard as I can and get back to full health. Then we'll see where it goes from there.
In December, after Albrecht hinted that he might play again, Mike Hutton of the Chicago Tribune noted his recruitment will be different this time:
The Albrecht story could get even better when he gets to go somewhere else to prove himself again.
And this time, it will be different.
Albrecht will have options. Plenty of them. There won't be just one school making him an offer. When he graduated from Crown Point, he didn't have one Division I offer.
Who wouldn't want a Final Four-tested point guard who led the Big Ten in assists to turnover ratio last year?
Albrecht Reveals Potential Transfer Destinations
Monday, April 18
Albrecht told Goodman he's looking at Purdue, Wichita State, Indiana, Texas A&M, Syracuse, USC and Milwaukee as potential landing spots.
Albrecht Speaks on Decision to Transfer
Tuesday, March 29
"Ending my career like this just wasn't going to sit well with me," Albrecht told Brendan F. Quinn of MLive.com. "I was going to regret that for the rest of my life if I didn't try to get out there and give this another try."
Albrecht also spoke with Quinn about the conversation he had with Michigan head coach John Beilein regarding his decision to move on from the program:
"I know there's a slim shot of a spot opening up, so I told him that I'd like to get my release so that I can start looking elsewhere and see what my options might be," Albrecht said Monday. "Guys are transferring and guys are going to the NBA. Spots are opening up left and right. I just want my name to get out there so that I don't get passed up on."
Albrecht described the conversation with Beilein as being "tough on both of us."
"We're both disappointed in how it ended here at Michigan and the fact that it came to this," Albrecht said. "I just told him that I'm so grateful for my four years at Michigan and for the opportunity, but I also told him that I dedicated my entire life to the game of basketball and if I get an opportunity to play a fifth year and get my Master's, that's not something I can pass up on.
"As difficult as that was for him to hear, I'm sure, he was very understanding. It was very respectful on both ends."
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