Crown Point’s Albrecht commits to Michigan
By Michael Osipoff 648-3137 or email@example.com April 6, 2012 11:32PM
Updated: May 8, 2012 8:10AM
When Spike Albrecht decided to attend prep school after graduating from Crown Point in 2011, he was hoping to broaden his Division I basketball prospects in the process.
He has accomplished that goal, perhaps in an even bigger way than he had initially envisioned.
Albrecht verbally committed to Michigan on Friday night, receiving the scholarship offer and accepting during his official visit to the school. He can sign his letter of intent with the Wolverines on Wednesday, the start of the spring signing period.
Albrecht was continuing his visit, with Tim Hardaway Jr. as his host, on Friday night, before he was scheduled to fly back to prep school at Northfield Mount Hermon in Massachusetts on Saturday morning.
“He’s as excited as you would imagine,” Chuck Albrecht, Spike’s father, said as he and Tammy Albrecht drove home on Friday night. “It was really a ‘Good Friday,’ really a ‘Good Friday.’
“For it to be the University of Michigan, it’s more than we ever could’ve dreamt of. It’s an incredible opportunity. Things couldn’t haven fallen into place any better.”
Spike Albrecht averaged 21.0 points, 5.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds as a senior at Crown Point. This season at Northfield Mount Hermon, the point guard averaged 9.3 points, 6.9 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals, helping the team to a 29-6 record and its first Class AAA New England Preparatory School Athletic Council title, earning MVP of that event. Indeed, he particularly shined in the NEPSAC tournament, including in a semifinal win against previously undefeated Brewster Academy, the prep school in New Hampshire that Chesterton native and fellow Michigan recruit Mitch McGary attends.
Albrecht continues a pipeline of region players to Michigan. Chesterton graduate Zack Novak completed his Wolverines career this season as a three-time captain. And McGary and Lake Central’s Glenn Robinson III — like Albrecht, AAU products of SYF — have signed with them for the 2012-13 season as part of one of the nation’s top incoming recruiting classes.
Albrecht was leaning toward studying in the prestigious Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
“The academic and athletic facilities, the coaches, the staff, everything was even better than we expected,” Chuck Albrecht said. “The hospitality they showed us was unbelievable.”