Citing the need to dedicate more time to recovering from offseason hip surgery, Michigan senior guard Spike Albrecht announced the end of his college basketball career on Friday.
"This has been the toughest decision I have ever had to make," Albrecht said in the announcement. "After taking a hard look at what is best for me and this team, I will be stepping away from the game that has meant so much to me.
"I am so thankful for what coach (John) Beilein, the assistants and the medical staff have done for me during my career and in particular over the last year while I was dealing with this injury. I just have a little more to go, and I really need to take the proper time to finish my rehab.
"The University of Michigan has provided me and my family so much, I don't really even have the words to express my gratitude. This place is truly special, and I hope I was able to leave just a little bit of a mark during my career. I cannot thank Wolverine nation enough for all the love and support they have shown me throughout my four years here. Forever and always — Go Blue!"
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Albrecht — a native of Crown Point, Ind. — appeared in 115 games over four seasons at Michigan. He played in every game during the Wolverines' run to the national championship game in 2013, including a 17-point performance in the national title game, where Michigan fell to Louisville. He appeared in every game during his sophomore season, as well, when the Wolverines won the Big Ten regular-season championship and came a miracle Kentucky 3-pointer away from reaching a second straight Final Four.
He was huge last season, earning the team's co-MVP honors while its stars missed significant time with injuries. Albrecht averaged 32 minutes a game last year, averaging 7.5 points a game and 3.9 assists a game.
Albrecht had bilateral hip surgery this offseason and has seen limited minutes during Michigan's first nine games of the season, logging double-digit minutes in just four of those games. He played only three minutes in Michigan's loss to Southern Methodist on Tuesday.
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"This has been an agonizing decision for Spike, especially at this juncture of the season," Beilein said in the announcement. "He has done so much to get back to this point, but his long-term health is what is most important now and in the future. We want only the best for Spike.
"He is a tremendous young man, who has had a very special career. His important role in our 2013 NCAA tournament run and his incredible performance in the national title game were straight out of a storybook. His sophomore year, we would not have won the Big Ten title or made a second straight trip in the Elite Eight without him.
"He has proven time and time again what heart and determination can do. Even last year, he played through so much pain, but held the team together and guided us through tough times."