Notebook: Spike Albrecht to undergo hip surgery

Dylan Burkhardt

John Beilein spoke to reporters, including MLive’s Brendan Quinn, at the United States Basketball Writers Association Luncheon in Indianapolis. Beilein was at the event to honor Austin Hatch, who received the USBWA’s Most Courageous Award.

The Michigan head coach also reported that Spike Albrecht would be undergoing hip surgery, a procedure which will affect both hips, shortly and will miss the offseason. Beilein told MLive that his senior point guard would have to procedure “very quickly and miss the entire summer.”

“A tough situation,” Albrecht said. “I don’t want to sit out, but I also don’t want to go through another season like I went through this year, but if that’s the only option and that’s the best option, then I’ll do it.”

Albrecht averaged 30.7 minutes per game as a junior and led Michigan down the stretch despite clearly playing through pain.

Beilein not expecting any transfers

Beilein also told reporters that he’s not expecting any additional transfers this offseason.

“Everybody seems to be all onboard 100 percent,” Beilein told MLive. “Obviously, we’re not with them 24 hours a day, but I love their attitude right now.

“You never like to say it’s 100 percent, but we feel like this team — we’ve worked out everybody — seems to be really fired up about next season and their role they can have on our team.”

Wolverine senior Max Bielfeldt is expected to move on after graduating – he has been in talks with Bradley – but Beilein feels that the rest of the roster should return – pending Caris LeVert’s upcoming NBA decision.

Michigan added a commitment from German forward Moritz Wagner on Sunday and will also add Williams College transfer Duncan Robinson to the rotation next season.

LeVert still undecided, stock slipping?

Michigan has been soliciting NBA feedback for Caris LeVert since he was sidelined in late January, but the 6-foot-7 junior still hasn’t made a decision on his future.

“We have been gathering information since the time, really, when his injury occurred,” Beilein told the Free Press. “I think we’re almost at the point where I think he has enough information, but we don’t have everything yet.”

He has until April 26th to make his decision and right now he appears to be in no hurry. LeVert’s injury also remains a concern as he was still in a walking boot as of last week.

“He has dreams of playing in the NBA, but at the same time, he understands that it’s not about playing in the NBA and giving up a Michigan education to be drafted,” Beilein told MLive. “It’s about giving up a diploma from Michigan to have a career in the NBA. Those are the things he’s sorting out.”

LeVert has been slipping on draft prognostication websites. DraftExpress currently projects him as the 24th pick in the draft and he was tabbed as a top-20 pick in early March. moved LeVert to its 2016 Mock Draft while ESPN’s Chad Ford has LeVert at No. 33 on his Top 100 ranking.

  • bobohle

    Not on the subject. Oh Puke!

  • jemblue

    If his recovery takes awhile, would we consider possibly redshirting him? If Caris comes back we should have pretty good backcourt depth in any event.

    • Champswest

      If we redshirt Spike, we would have a full roster and no room to add a point guard. That would have us playing a freshman point in 2017.

      • jemblue

        Well, that’s a couple of years down the road . . . we may lose some guys in the meantime to the NBA or transfers. I just wouldn’t want to see him have to sacrifice a lot of his senior year to rehab.

  • Mattski

    Wishing the young man a speedy recovery and return to full strength on the court.

  • michaeltheoriginal

    It’s always interesting to see what a (theoretically more objective) assessment of Michigan is outside of this very loyal group. ESPN has us among the “last four in” and #11 seed in next year’s Bracketology:

    Presumably this is based on this year’s crew minus Levert. That sounds about right. With Levert I’d say we are a 5 or 6 seed. With Levert and Brown 2-4 seed. My $.02

    • Anthony

      It’s fun to talk about but it really doesn’t matter no one has any idea right now I expect improvements from the freshman this year. Walton was never healthy and Irvin got a lot better, but we still won’t know until games next year are played.

    • Wayman Britt

      In addition, it’s hard to evaluate teams before everybody declares to become a professional. For example, Kentucky would be different if 7 players went pro versus only 4.

  • Champswest

    Dylan, what is your take on now having no room for Brown.

  • Anthony

    What about the insurance policy for levert ? I know football players have used it and the school found a loop hole to pay for it so is this a possibility?

  • Corperryale

    I hope he makes a speedy recovery and that Derrick is healthy too.

    On a related note, maybe if Jaylen Brown doesn’t come they might consider making one last big push for Jamal Murray (assuming he reclassifies). We can dream, right?

  • bobohle

    I believe Coach Beilein stated he didn’t expect transfers now. That statement would not include Jaylen Brown. As Dylan stated the other day if Jaylen Brown wants to come they would work it out somehow.