Ann Arbor — Spike Albrecht hasn’t had one discussion with Michigan coach John Beilein about his future basketball plans, despite a report that he is considering redshirting and potentially playing somewhere other than Michigan next season.
Spike’s father, Chuck Albrecht, told The News on Tuesday morning that he and Spike don’t think it’s fair to his teammates or coaches to have these discussions with Beilein right now, given the team’s in-season, with Big Ten play getting under way Dec. 30 at Illinois.
Albrecht announced Dec. 11 that his Michigan career was over, after it became too painful and difficult to keep playing following two hip surgeries this spring.
Beilein has said it’d take a “miracle” for Albrecht to return this season, but did mention last week that Albrecht remains on scholarship for this season and that, if he doesn’t play again this year, he’d be able to entertain a medical redshirt for next season.
That’s because Albrecht has stayed below the 30-percent mark of games played this season.
Beilein noted if Albrecht is to play, even for a second, on Senior Night at the end of the season, he would go over that 30-percent mark and, thus, burn any chance at a redshirt next season.
“That wouldn’t make a whole lot of sense,” Chuck Albrecht said.
Since Albrecht made his announcement, he has met with his doctors and surgeons and continued physical therapy. Medical staff have told him that in six months, he’ll be good to go. Chuck Albrecht points out, however, the same doctors said he’d already be playing pain-free basketball by now.
Everything was fine with Spike Albrecht’s initial recovery from hip surgery until he started in on basketball activities. Then the pain returned, leading to his decision to seemingly call it a career.
If Albrecht were to play next year, his desire would obviously be to play at Michigan, but as of right now, Michigan is over on scholarships. That could change, should a player or two transfer, or should a recruit not come to Michigan.
But as of today, there’s no room for Albrecht at Michigan next season, leading to speculation he could play elsewhere. That speculation went up a notch thanks to a recent column in the Northwest Indiana Post-Tribune and Chicago Tribune, in which his father is quoted.
Chuck Albrecht said if Spike is healthy after all this rehab, he’ll want to explore continuing to play.
However, Albrecht, 23, at his Dec. 11 announcement said nothing to indicate he was considering extending his career — whether in college, or overseas. He said he doesn’t want to risk further damaging his hips, thus leading to a life of pain and discomfort and more surgeries.