Spike Albrecht makes it official, signs letter of intent

Dylan Burkhardt

x2_bf248f7[1]Michigan commitment Spike Albrecht signed his letter of intent today to officially join Michigan’s 2012 recruiting class.

Albrecht committed on his official visit over the weekend and joins Glenn Robinson III, Mitch McGary and Nik Stauskas as the fourth member of Michigan’s top ten ranked class.

Here’s John Beilein on the Albrecht signing:

Spike Albrecht is an excellent addition to our basketball program,” said Beilein. “His work habits and love for the game remind me a lot of Zack (Novak), Stu (Douglass) and Corey (Person). He is a very skilled point guard with strong leadership skills, terrific court vision and a very high basketball IQ. Spike is a proven winner who values an assist just as much as any points he may score. Our team will love playing with him and our entire coaching staff is looking forward to coaching him in the years ahead.”

More from the official school release after the jump.  (Photo: Nick Baumgardner

“I’m really excited to be signing with Michigan,” said Albrecht. “Playing in the Big Ten has been a dream of mine ever since I was little. I’m just happy and thankful that I get the opportunity to attend such a great school and be a part of a great basketball program.”

During his prep career, Albrecht played three varsity seasons at Crown Point High School in Crown Point, Ind., under coach Clint Swan before taking an additional year to attend Northfield Mount Hermon College Prep School in Mount Hermon, Mass., under coach John Carroll.

Albrecht, who set the school record with 241 assists, averaged 9.3 points, 6.9 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals as he helped Northfield Mount Hermon to a 29-6 record and the NEPSAC Class AAA title. Led by his 16 points, three rebounds and eight assists, Albrecht helped the Hoggers upset No. 1 and previously undefeated Brewster Academy, 87-83 in overtime, in the semifinal to reach the title game against St. Thomas Prep. Finishing with 23 points, two rebounds and nine assists, Albrecht led the Hoggers to a 74-70 victory for the Class AAA title. For his efforts, he earned tournament MVP honors.

During his high school career at Crown Point, Albrecht was a three-year starter and tallied 1,059 career points. As a senior, he averaged 21.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists to help the Bulldogs to an 18-4 overall record and a runner-up finish in the Duneland Athletic Conference (11-3). He earned All-State honorable mention honors from the IBCA and Associated Press and the Duneland Conference’s Player of the Year honors. Throughout his three varsity seasons he earned Duneland All-Conference honors, Crown Point’s Team MVP and All-Area selections by the Times as well as the Post Tribune.

During the summer, Albrecht played AAU with Sports Youth Foundation Basketball Flyers (SYF) with U-M commits Robinson and McGary.

Comment from Northfield Mount Hermon coach John Carroll

“Spike is the lowest maintenance player I have ever dealt with. He is the most humble player I have ever worked with and I have been coaching here for 10 years. He appreciates every kind gesture that comes his way. He appreciates every opportunity presented to him. He takes full advantage of it all. He has been just a pleasure to work with. Spike has a super high basketball IQ and really understands the game better than most players I have worked with. It’s that old cliché of the game has really slowed down for him and because of that he is able to make the better play 99% of the time. If it is a shot he is supposed to take he takes it. If it is the pass he is supposed to make he makes it. He is going to be a great asset to Michigan.”

Comment from Crown Point head coach Clint Swan

“I have had the opportunity to coach a lot of kids over for many years, and I am always hopeful to see good things happen for them. I couldn’t be happier than I am for Spike and the opportunity he has been given at the University of Michigan. I have always known how talented he is and how hard he has worked to get where he is today. All he needed was that chance and he is getting that from Coach Beilein. The people in Ann Arbor are going to love his game. He is a multifaceted point guard who can score when needed or become a distributor. He is a great quarterback. After growing up and being family friends with Zack Novak, Michigan fans will see some of the same qualities and traits Zack displayed for so many years n Spike — that work ethic, drive and passion for the game.”

  • beingklauskinski

    I’m not sure if i’m the first to be on such a tilt, but i really think Spike might see greater than expected minutes per game (7-10, perhaps?).  I have a good feeling about this one.

    • JBlair52

      I don’t know about the average minutes but certainly they’ll try and get him out there as much as possible to develop him with the thin depth and Burke likely leaving (insert Walton).  I’m sure Burke is on the floor though and will get his points and minutes in any tight situation.

  • David DeMember

    Rivals gave him a 3 star rating today… GR3 up to 5 star. Wow, haven’t been this excited about UM basketball since 1990. 

  • ZRL

    Rivals now has GR listed at 6’7″. Do you know if this is an official measurement from one of those all star games? I thought he looked 6’7″ when I watched him play for a bit in the game on ESPN.

    • DingoBlue

      I heard a couple different places say 6’7″ so he could be a legit post 4, albeit a small one.  But I’m sure that Beilein has thought of that.

  • Alex

    He could be a real steal for us.

    Congrats Spike on your accomplishment. May you achieve all your academic and athletic goals.


  • C_weezy27

    Big 10 teams better get ready, bcuz I already see this UM team being very explosive. Especially excited to see our bigs running the court with the speed of our backcourt. JoMo is always in excellent shape, I see him as our unexepected/expected leader. You watch lol

  • kainkitizen

    I’m going to enjoy seeing how Coach uses time on the court with Spike.  I bet he gets good run in the first few cupcake games of the season with the talented boys.  Coach should have tons of fun with putting a variety of combinations on the floor this season.  It’ll be fun to watch and Welcome Spike.  Dress to impress on and off the court sir!!

  • FLiPCiTyBLuE

     Looking forward to many dimes and spectacular reverse lay-ups! 

  • A2JD

    Welcome to the Wolverines, Spike!

  • mitch

    I really think he is going to be a fan favorite.  With his bball smarts and passing ability, he is going to be fun to watch.  UM in general is going to be entertaining next season!