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Former Michigan guard Spike Albrecht will transfer to Purdue

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Spike Albrecht

Michigan will be playing against a familiar face next season once the Big Ten basketball schedule rolls around.

According to ESPN, point guard Spike Albrecht will take on graduate transfer status to play for conference rival Purdue next season in his final year of NCAA eligibility.

“They were one of the first schools to contact me,” Albrecht said. “I can tell they really wanted me. I didn’t want to be the second or third option for a school, and I felt that Coach [Matt] Painter was the most honest through the process. It’s a good fit and is close to home.”

Albrecht, whose spent the entirety of his college career up until this point with the Wolverines seemed done with basketball last season when injury derailed his year and forced him to the bench. However the 5-foot-11, West Lafayette native believes he’ll be ready to take to the court for the Boilermakers once the new season starts this fall.

“I fully expect to be better than ever once the season starts,” Albrecht said of his health. “I’m back working out now and trying to shake the rust off.”

I’m sure this will play in as quite the shock for some Michigan fans considering Albrecht won’t be going out west or down south to finish is collegiate career and instead will play for a Big Ten counterpart. He may also not get the warmest of welcomes on his return to Ann Arbor from some of those unreasoned and ‘betrayed’ Blue fans.

Either way Albrecht made mention that he would have stayed in Ann Arbor if a scholarship opened up. It obviously didn’t, John Beilein lifted any transfer restrictions on Michigan’s end and Albrecht pulled the trigger on the move to the Boilermakers.

Good luck to him.

 

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