Purdue guard Spike Albrecht is out indefinitely with a back injury, Boilermakers coach Matt Painter said Saturday.
#Purdue's Matt Painter said Spike Albrecht out "indefinitely" with back injury.
— Nathan Baird (@nbairdjc) December 3, 2016
The injury is the latest trial in a career full of ups and downs for Albrecht.
Albrecht, who formerly played for Michigan, first came to national attention in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, when he repeatedly came through off the bench for the Wolverines before breaking out with 17 points in the national title game. After that performance, he famously tweeted at supermodel Kate Upton. Albrecht saw his role on the court increase in 2013-14 and 2014-15, becoming a captain during his junior year. But he played only nine games in 2015-16 before retiring from basketball due to nagging injuries.
However, Albrecht eventually received medical clearance to keep playing and in May announced he would join the Boilermakers as a graduate transfer. He had averaged 2.4 points, two rebounds and 1.7 assists in 15.1 minutes per game for Purdue this season before Saturday’s announcement about his back injury.