ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's basketball head coach John Beilein announced Wednesday the signing of 6-foot-1 guard Michael "Spike" Albrecht to a National Letter of Intent in the spring signing period.
Albrecht's signing is the fourth for the Wolverines for the class of 2012-13. Mitch McGary, a 6-10 forward, Glenn "Tre" Robinson III, a 6-6 forward, and Nik Stauskas, a 6-6 guard, all signed NLIs during the November's early signing period.
"Spike Albrecht is an excellent addition to our basketball program," said Beilein. "His work habits and love for the game remind me a lot of Zack (Novak), Stu (Douglass) and Corey (Person). He is a very skilled point guard with strong leadership skills, terrific court vision and a very high basketball IQ. Spike is a proven winner who values an assist just as much as any points he may score. Our team will love playing with him and our entire coaching staff is looking forward to coaching him in the years ahead."
"I'm really excited to be signing with Michigan," said Albrecht. "Playing in the Big Ten has been a dream of mine ever since I was little. I'm just happy and thankful that I get the opportunity to attend such a great school and be a part of a great basketball program."
During his prep career, Albrecht played three varsity seasons at Crown Point High School in Crown Point, Ind., under coach Clint Swan before taking an additional year to attend Northfield Mount Hermon College Prep School in Mount Hermon, Mass., under coach John Carroll.
Albrecht, who set the school record with 241 assists, averaged 9.3 points, 6.9 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals as he helped Northfield Mount Hermon to a 29-6 record and the NEPSAC Class AAA title. Led by his 16 points, three rebounds and eight assists, Albrecht helped the Hoggers upset No. 1 and previously undefeated Brewster Academy, 87-83 in overtime, in the semifinal to reach the title game against St. Thomas Prep. Finishing with 23 points, two rebounds and nine assists, Albrecht led the Hoggers to a 74-70 victory for the Class AAA title. For his efforts, he earned tournament MVP honors.
During his high school career at Crown Point, Albrecht was a three-year starter and tallied 1,059 career points. As a senior, he averaged 21.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists to help the Bulldogs to an 18-4 overall record and a runner-up finish in the Duneland Athletic Conference (11-3). He earned All-State honorable mention honors from the IBCA and Associated Press and the Duneland Conference's Player of the Year honors. Throughout his three varsity seasons he earned Duneland All-Conference honors, Crown Point's Team MVP and All-Area selections by the Times as well as the Post Tribune.
During the summer, Albrecht played AAU with Sports Youth Foundation Basketball Flyers (SYF) with U-M commits Robinson and McGary.
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