Spike Albrecht will stay in the Big Ten after all.
After much fuss was made over John Beilein's decree that Albrecht, for whom there was no room on the Michigan roster, wouldn't be allowed to transfer within the Big Ten, Beilein rescinded that restriction. And Albrecht has taken full advantage, opting to use his final year of NCAA eligibility at Purdue.
Excited to announce that I'll be playing my 5th year for Purdue University!! #BoilerUp— Spike Albrecht (@SpikeAlbrecht) May 3, 2016
Albrecht played a pivotal role on numerous Michigan teams over the past few seasons. As a freshman, he scored 17 points in the 2013 national championship game loss to Louisville. He was a key reserve the following season as a sophomore and took on an emergency starting role as a junior, averaging 32 minutes a game with multiple Michigan stars sidelined with injuries.
Last season, Albrecht faced his own injury woes, playing sparingly in just nine games before shutting down his season to recover from a pair of hip surgeries.
A native of Crown Point, Ind., Albrecht understandably wanted to remain in the Midwest and both Purdue and Indiana were listed as options he was considering earlier this spring. As a student-athlete who has already earned his degree, Albrecht will be immediately eligible for the 2016-17 season.
There's one more hurdle to clear, as the Big Ten must OK Albrecht's in-conference transfer. But many assume it will be no problem, as fellow former Wolverine Max Bielfeldt went through the exact same situation last season, transferring from Michigan to Indiana, where he won Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year honors this past season.
Should all the formalities go through without a hitch, Purdue will add its third straight graduate transfer point guard after adding Jon Octeus and Johnny Hill in each of the past two seasons.
Albrecht would certainly help boost a Boilermaker team that is shaping up to look drastically different than the one that reached the Big Ten Tournament title game this past season. Seniors A.J. Hammons and Rapheal Davis will be gone, as will guard Kendall Stephens, who is transferring. Meanwhile, both Caleb Swanigan and Vince Edwards are testing out the NBA Draft process and could head to the pros.
Regardless of what the roster looks like, it sure seems Purdue is happy to have Spike.