Spike Albrecht will continue his basketball career, but it won’t be at Michigan.
ESPN first reported Albrecht will play elsewhere next season as a graduate transfer. He will graduate from Michigan in May.
Unlike Max Bielfeldt, who played at Indiana this past season after appealing to the Big Ten, Albrecht will not be allowed to transfer to a Big Ten school.
“I did get my initial release stating I couldn’t transfer from Big Ten to Big Ten,” Albrecht told Gregg Doyel of the Indianapolis Star. “It was kind of expected. That’s the norm. I’m not upset about it in any way.”
Albrecht, 23, played just eight games this season, as the pain from a pair of offseason hip surgeries proved too much to overcome.
“I’m pretty wide open,” Albrecht told Doyel. “I don’t have any schools in my mind. I just got my scholarship release (Monday) night at midnight. I’m starting to explore my options.
“I’ve been feeling really good. All signs are pointing in the right direction. I’ve been all cleared to get back to activity. I just have to get in shape, but there’s no doubt in my mind I can get back to the level I need to be.”
Albrecht’s preference would’ve been to return to Michigan if he was to play again, but the Wolverines have no scholarships available, and they are set at the point guard position, with senior Derrick Walton Jr. and freshman Xavier Simpson.
Albrecht forever will be remembered at Michigan for his magical, out-of-nowhere 17-point performance in the 2013 national-championship game.
Albrecht averaged 3.9 points and 2.0 assists in 116 games at Michigan.