Michigan announced that Spike Albrecht had effectively retired a ten days ago with a formal press release announcing the end of his Michigan career.
According to a report by Mike Hutton of the Post-Tribune, which cites Albrecht’s father, it appears that it might be too early to call it quits on his playing career.
Based on what the doctors have told us,” said Spike’s dad, Charles Albrecht, “I think he’ll play.”
Albrecht is eligible for a medical redshirt. A player who has completed less than 30 percent of his season can apply for one. That’s the plan, according to Charles Albrecht.
As the original report states, Albrecht would be still eligible for a medical redshirt. Beilein mentioned the idea in passing last week, but didn’t seem to think it was likely.
“That’s out there somewhere, but I don’t think he plans on that,” Beilein said of a fifth-year last week. “But that is the truth. … That’s going to be up to Spike, 100 percent.”
If Albrecht were to play his fifth-year, there could be potential scholarship issues if he wanted to do it at Michigan. The Wolverines are already oversigned by one and they’ll have a senior point guard in Derrick Walton and a four-star freshman point guard in Xavier Simpson.
Simpson recently scored 59 points in a game and Beilein had ample praise for his incoming point guard.
“We talked with Xavier (Simpson) after his game. He reminds us of another guy we got from Ohio,” Beilein said, comparing him to former All-American Trey Burke. “It’s tough to compare those two, but there are a lot of similar traits for a guy that can score from deep like that. He scored five three’s in that game, and the knock on him going into last summer was that he couldn’t shoot. He’s become a really good shooter. His in-between game and assist numbers and defense are outstanding.”