WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue men’s basketball coach Matt Painter has announced that Spike Albrecht has joined the program and will be eligible to compete immediately for the Boilermakers during the 2015-16 season.
Albrecht must first receive a waiver of Big Ten Intraconference transfer rules but he will take advantage of the NCAA Graduate Transfer rule and will have one season of eligibility at Purdue.
“Spike will bring a great level of experience, toughness and leadership to our backcourt,” Painter said. “He has the experience of competing in a Final Four and in the Big Ten Conference and he will only make our team better. We are very excited to have him join our program.”
Albrecht, a 5-11, 175-pound guard from Crown Point, Indiana, appeared in 115 games at Michigan from 2012-16. He finished his career with 98 victories, just six away from the all-time Michigan record (104) and was a member of three NCAA Tournament teams.
As a freshman, Albrecht earned a spot on the 2013 NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team after scoring 17 points in the title game against Louisville. He appeared in all 39 games as a rookie, averaging 2.2 points per game and 0.7 assists per game, but in Michigan’s final three games of the year against Florida, Syracuse and Louisville in the NCAA Tournament, Albrecht averaged 10.0 points per game and made 7-of-8 3-point attempts during that span. He would finish his freshman year by making 10 of his last 11 3-pointers and shot 54.5 percent (18-of-33) from long distance.
During his sophomore year, he helped Michigan to the Elite Eight by averaging 3.3 points, 1.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. He recorded a team-best 4.69 (75:16) assist-to-turnover ratio and shot 38.7 percent from long distance (24-of-62).
In 2014-15, Albrecht was named Michigan’s team MVP after averaging 7.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game in 31 contests. He recorded 121 assists against 41 turnovers for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.95. He scored in double-figures in nine of his last 11 games as a junior, averaging 12.5 points and 4.8 assists during that span.
His senior season of 2015-16 was cut short after eight games with an injury. He averaged 1.9 points, 0.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game, but had just one turnover in 69 minutes.
Albrecht spent a year at Northfield Mount Hermon (2011-12) before heading to Michigan. He led Northfield Mount Hermon to a 29-6 record and the NEPSAC Class AAA championship after a 74-70 win over St. Thomas Prep, scoring 23 points with had nine assists while earning Tournament MVP honors. He set a Northfield Mount Hermon record with 241 assists in his lone season there.
Albrecht excelled at Crown Point High School, being named three-time Team MVP and averaging 21.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 5.1 assists as a senior.
Albrecht graduated from Michigan in April 2016 with a degree in general studies and will pursue a Master’s degree in the school of technology.
Purdue is coming off a 26-9 season and was one of 10 teams nationally to be ranked in the nation’s top 25 all season. The Boilermakers finished tied for third in the Big Ten Conference with a 12-6 record.