- Michael Rothstein, ESPN Staff Writer
Spike Albrecht, a point guard from Crown Point, Ind., has become the fourth member of Michigan’s 2012 basketball recruiting class, verbally committing to the school Friday night, per tweets from his high school, Clint Swan, and prep school, Northfield Mount Hermon.
The 6-foot, 165-pound guard is currently on a visit to Michigan.
“He’s one of those kids you appreciate him the more you see him and that happened with Michigan,” said John Carroll, his prep school coach at Northfield Mount Hermon. “They’ve seen eight of his games either live or on tape and you just start to realize he plays the same way every single game.
“I had a coach ask me for a game tape and usually you send him the best tape. I said pick any game you want and I’ll send it to you. That’s the first time I’ve ever done it with one of my players.”
Albrecht, who averaged 10 points a game in his one year at Northfield Mount Hermon, selected Michigan over Appalachian State. He had gone to the New England prep school after playing high school basketball in northwest Indiana, where he also played AAU basketball with SYF Players on the same team as Michigan commits Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary.
Albrecht said earlier this week that interest with Michigan really started to intensify last month, when the coaching staff went to see him play and also wanted to set up an in-home visit with him and his parents.
Michigan coach John Beilein traveled to Northfield Mount Hermon last week to meet with Albrecht and wanted him to come to campus.
“Didn’t say if I would come they would offer, but I’m hoping for that because it would be a great opportunity,” Albrecht said earlier this week. “The way Coach Beilein does it, he doesn’t offer until he sees you in person, which he did last Tuesday, and then he gets you on campus. Hopefully this weekend goes well and we’ll see what happens.”
It didn’t even take until the weekend for the offer to come through -- one which Albrecht immediately accepted.
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