posttrib
SPARKLE 
Weather Updates

HUTTON: After Monday’s spike in production, CP’s Spike Albrecht becomes media, Twitter sensation

Louisville guard PeytSiv(3) falls with ball as Michigan guard Spike Albrecht (2) looks during second half NCAA Final Four tournament

Louisville guard Peyton Siva (3) falls with the ball as Michigan guard Spike Albrecht (2) looks on during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 8, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) ORG XMIT: FF236

storyidforme: 47470315
tmspicid: 17588162
fileheaderid: 7926950

Updated: May 11, 2013 6:44AM



On the day after the day of the moment for Spike Albrecht, who is now friendly with Kate Upton and familiar with Louisville guard Peyton Siva, he was unavailable for “Good Morning America.”

Here are a few leftovers from Monday’s scintillating, yet deflating, 82-76 Michigan loss to Louisville. Spike scored 17 first-half points and worked his way into the NCAA history books and into the consciousness of America, most of which was pulling like crazy for our little Spike from Crown Point. They still are, and will be next year, too.

Wake-Up call: “Good Morning America” wanted to do a segment with Spike, his mother Tammy and and father Charles Albrecht after they, too, apparently watched him chew up the Louisville defense in the first half with 17 points.

Charles got a phone call from his brother at 2 a.m. saying representatives were trying to get in contact with him for the morning show on ABC. The Michigan public relations folks put the kibosh on the idea, saying Spike and his teammates needed to get back to Ann Arbor — for class of all things. According to Charles, it’s possible that GMA appearance could happen later.

Kate Upton? Yes, it’s true that Spike, our little Spike, did some shouting out to the Sports Illustrated swimsuit cover girl, who is a Michigander and who was at the game pulling for her Wolverines. The tweet from at @SpikeAlbrecht read: “hey saw you at the game last night, thanks for coming out! Hope to see you again”

Go for it, Spike. No word on if she got back to him yet.

Twitter Spike: Before the game, Spike had around 14,000 followers. He picked up roughly 4,000 followers before the end of the first half and at 4:20 p.m. on Tuesday, he had 29,576 followers.

Peyton Siva knows who he is: Siva, the lightning quick point guard for Louisville (fastest player in college basketball) really didn’t have plans to talk to Spike, who averaged just eight minutes per game coming into the championship.

But he couldn’t help himself after Spike made his first six shots of the half and then found himself at the free-throw line on the way to putting Michigan ahead by 12 points. “C’mon Spike,” he told him in between shots. “You aren’t supposed to be that good.”

Spike just laughed.

Spike gets his bell rung: Spike didn’t score a point in the second half and Charles said part of the reason might have been that he wasn’t feeling so good.

He got screened hard near the end of the first half and the impact made him a little woozy.

“I think he had a slight concussion,” Charles said.

Those minutes will wear you out: Spike’s season high playing time came against VCU earlier in the tournament, when he finished with 15 minutes. He played 28 against Louisville. Chuck said that he was worn out.

“There is no doubt he was tired,” Chuck said.

Spike ‘got to show off’: Glenn Robinson III’s mother, Shantelle Clay, said she had never really seen the emotive side of Spike. She was all for it.

“It was crazy,” she said. “It was like, we couldn’t believe it. ‘Who are you? We didn’t know you did that.’ He was up there thumping his chest and getting everyone excited. Everyone was cheering for him and he got to show off.”

The AAU conundrum: It’s documented that Spike only had one offer before Michigan came along. That was from Appalachian State. I’m pretty sure this speaks to the power of AAU basketball, which can make or break a player like Spike, who doesn’t fit the prototype for what a college point guard should look like.

Spike didn’t play AAU for two seasons because he was small and Charles wasn’t sure if it would be productive. It all worked out great for Spike in prep school but I think someone would’ve seen him play on the AAU circuit and fallen in love with his game.

And it probably wouldn’t have been Michigan.

The future: It’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that Trey Burke is going to play in the NBA next year, opening up the point guard position for Spike. However, it’s really not that simple.

Derrick Walton, a four-star point guard according to Rivals.com, will be a freshman for the Wolverines next year. Should be interesting.

Robinson and the NBA: Clay said that she’s leaving the decision of whether or not Robinson will put his name in the NBA draft up to him. Clay wants him to return next season but she said she is staying out of the way.

Michigan coaches detailed the process for exploring the draft with Robinson and Mitch McGary on Tuesday. McGary plans on returning. Robinson has until next Tuesday to make a decision on whether to put his name in the draft. He is projected as a top 16 pick if he goes.



© 2014 Sun-Times Media, LLC. All rights reserved. This material may not be copied or distributed without permission. For more information about reprints and permissions, visit www.suntimesreprints.com. To order a reprint of this article, click here.