Wednesday, April 4, 2012
PG Albrecht visiting Michigan
By Michael Rothstein
With holes on their roster from recent defections, Michigan has already been looking around for players to add to the class of 2012.
The Wolverines will host a potential candidate this weekend, when point guard Spike Albrecht (Crown Point, Ind./Northfield Mount Hermon) visits the school Thursday through Saturday.
“I’m really looking forward to getting on campus, meeting with all the coaches face to face, the players, how they run things,” Albrecht said. “They got me set up with meetings with people in admissions so it’ll be good to see the academic side of things as well.
“I’m looking forward to all that.”
Albrecht does not have a Michigan offer -- Michigan coach John Beilein typically does not give offers until a player visits campus -- but Albrecht is hopeful one comes this weekend. Right now, Albrecht is looking at Michigan and Appalachian State.
“I’m hoping for that because it would be a great opportunity,” Albrecht said.
Albrecht has played in the prestigious New England prep school circuit this year in the same league as current Michigan commit Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy). In that league, Albrecht averaged 10 points a game and had a school-record 241 assists on a Northfield Mount Hermon team that went 29-6 and won the NEPSAC Class AAA championship this season.
Much of that, Mount Hermon coach John Carroll said, was due to Albrecht -- the MVP of the tournament -- and his court vision.
“He sees the action off the ball where he’s going to find the right open guy,” Carroll said. “We had really good 3-point shooters, shot 30 three’s a game most of the season and our 3-point shooters got a ton of open looks because of the attention Spike would draw and he would find them.
“His court vision is truly elite. It is an elite talent of his.”
Another thing Carroll said was Albrecht was consistent. He was the first player he’s coached, he said, where he told coaches asking for film to pick any game they’d like to see because every one was similar.
That consistency shows up in the way he plays. While Albrecht said he isn’t the most athletic player, he uses other things on his 6-foot, 165-pound body to help him out.
“I play with a chip on my shoulder since I’m a little undersized,” Albrecht said. “People don’t give me the respect I think I deserve. I go out there, try to play hard, play smart and I use my basketball IQ to my advantage to make up for what I may lack in athleticism and quickness.
“I just try to get my teammates involved and play basketball to help my team win.”
Albrecht also has familiarity with Michigan’s program. Besides playing AAU ball in the same SYF Players program as McGary and Glenn Robinson III, he also has known former Michigan player Zack Novak since Albrecht was in first grade.
It was Novak, he said, who got him to start watching Michigan initially after he committed to go to the school from nearby Chesterton, Ind.
“I didn’t follow them as much, but when Zack Novak got to Michigan, everyone in my area started to like Michigan,” Albrecht said. “My brother played against Zack and I’ve known him since about first grade. He’s a great kid, hard worker and great role model.”