Report: former Michigan guard Albrecht considering IU #iubb

A year after landing Max Bielfeldt in Bloomington, Indiana is courting another Michigan transfer this spring.

Former Wolverines point guard Spike Albrecht is considering IU as a transfer option, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported late Monday night. Albrecht, a Crown Point native, is seeking to play a fifth and final season, and told ESPN that he’s also considering Purdue, Wichita State, Texas A&M, Syracuse, USC and Milwaukee.

Albrecht, who starred for Michigan in the 2013 national title game, announced last December that his playing career was over due to an extended recovery time following bilateral hip surgery last summer. He played in eight games as a senior early in the 2015-16 season, but received a medical redshirt due to his nagging hip injury.

By the middle of last month, Albrecht determined he was healthy enough to play a final season — and due to Michigan’s scholarship situation, it will have to take place outside Ann Arbor, Mich.

Michigan coach John Beilein granted Albrecht’s release in late March, and later lifted the school’s restrictions preventing a possible move to a conference school.

Albrecht played in 115 games at Michigan, averaging 3.9 points, 2.0 assists and 1.3 rebounds for his career. As a healthy contributor two seasons ago, Albrecht averaged 7.5 points and 3.9 assists per game. He found his shining moment in 2013, scoring 17 first-half points off the bench in Michigan’s eventual national championship loss to Louisville.

Last spring, Bielfeldt received a waiver from the Big Ten allowing him to transfer within the conference for his final season of eligibility. He eventually chose Indiana over offers from Nebraska and Iowa State, and became a valued member of the program’s Big Ten title pursuit.

IU could have a scholarship open for next season if Troy Williams, who last week declared for the NBA Draft, hires an agent and does not return to school. Otherwise, all 13 scholarships next year are taken. Indiana is also hosting junior college forward Freddie McSwain on an official visit this week. McSwain, who arrived on campus Monday, is expected to announce his decision between IU and Kansas State on Sunday afternoon.

Although they must replace senior point guard Yogi Ferrell, the Hoosiers appear to have strong backcourt depth entering next season. Juniors Robert Johnson and James Blackmon Jr. are both expected to play significant roles, while former Pittsburgh transfer Josh Newkirk is set to give IU another option at the point. The program is also bringing in a pair of combo guards, including four-star prospect Curtis Jones and three-star recruit Devonte Green. Crown Point shooting guard Grant Gelon is also signed for next season.

12 comments

  1. So, what happens if McSwain picks IU. Does the staff “urge” Williams to stay in the draft? Whatever happens with Troy, I hope IU remains on good terms with him. His uncle is a pretty powerful man in the basketball world out East.

  2. Im sure the coaching staff is upfront about the situation and the recruited player and possibly current roster players are aware as well.

  3. Does IU need another guard? Albrecht’s interest in coming to IU to play a fifth and final season is a compliment to TC and IU, but would he be better than any of the guards already on next year’s roster? Will Albrecht be a difference maker, or will he just provide more depth? Nothing wrong with keeping one open scholarship in the bank for a year in case the opportunity arises to sign another big for the 2017/2018 class. Then again, TC and staff know a lot more about his potential to contribute than I do.

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  5. I would take McSwain over Spike any day! IU is good to go at guard and could use an athletic wing if Troy goes to the NBA. However, I don’t see the path to 13 if Troy stays at IU (which he should do) and McSwain says “yes” to IU. But Crean likes these “over-recruited” situations!

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  7. Max B. Helped and it worked. This is digging a little deeper toward the bottom of barrel. How is it going to help? I assume it is Troy Williams decision 100% unless he would do something out of the norm (illegal so to speak) whether he comes back next year.

  8. t,

    I wouldn’t say this is bottom of the barrel. It’s true he’s been banged up and hurt, but it never hurts to have some experience on your bench.

  9. Spike would be a great get. We have guards but only one natural point in newkirk. A big ten experienced point guard would help fill the void yogi leaves behind and complete a fairly stacked roster.

    For those who doubt mcswain aability watches how strong he finishes at the rim. Not sure I’ve seen anyone finish so strong so consistently. He I would be a great addition.

    I’ll take them both.

  10. From what I understand, though, having both isn’t an option. If I read the story correctly, there is one scholarship available for McSwain, Albrecht or — potentially Williams if he returns. That’s why the new NBA draft rules are good for players, bad for programs. If you don’t know until May 25 if a player will return, you’re kind of hamstrung. What if McSwain says he wants to come to IU? Do you take him, then tell Williams he can’t come back. Do you tell McSwain to wait a month to see what Troy will do? And what if Albrecht says he wants to come? Then it gets really messy.

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