March Madness started yesterday and for the first time since 2010 Michigan is not in the field of teams. Michigan’s roster this year was plagued by injuries and the departure of players for the NBA but did show signs of promise. Like he has been for three years, junior co-captain Spike Albrecht was one of those bright spots. Albrecht’s Michigan career has been one defined by continually exceeding expectations on and off the court. The entire country was introduced to Albrecht his freshman year during the national championship game against Louisville. When Trey Burke got into early foul trouble Albrecht stepped up in a big way. After averaging 2.2 points per game that year, he reeled off 17 quick points on the game’s biggest stage. Overall in the 2013 NCAA tournament he was 9 of 10 from 3 point range.
Albrecht has great confidence on the court and his development is (I think) a testament to John Beilein’s coaching skills. Spike notably got only one other Division I scholarship offer and was a key contributor on this year’s team. His career has been full of gif-able moments, including this Trey Burke-esque steal against OSU (if you need to see the original, here you go). Michigan won their first game of the Big 10 tournament last week thanks in part to this amazing behind the back/head pass from Albrecht to Aubrey Dawkins. It wasn’t even the first time he had done that this year. Albrecht is clearly a fantastic teammate and player, happily dishing his favorite parmesan pepper loaf to earn an assist.