Despite a messy transfer situation, former Michigan basketball guard Spike Albrecht’s intraconference transfer waiver was approved by the Big Ten and Albrecht will join Purdue for the 2016-17 season.
— Purdue Boilermakers (@BoilerBall) July 14, 2016
Albrecht opted to leave Michigan for a graduate season last March after only playing in nine games during the 2015-16 season after undergoing double hip surgery the previous offseason. Since Albrecht played in less than 30 percent of Michigan’s games, he was eligible for a medical redshirt season. Since Michigan was over its scholarship limit for the upcoming season, Albrecht decided to pursue other options.
Albrecht stayed in the Big Ten and settled on Purdue in May, which generated an eligibility issue. The Big Ten requires intraconference transfers to sit out a season, but Albrecht submitted a waiver requesting immediate eligibility, which was granted on Thursday.
The 5-foot-11 guard’s best season came during the 2014-15 campaign, when he averaged 7.5 points, 3.9 assists and 2.3 rebounds for the Wolverines. His most famous performance came in 2013 NCAA Tournament Final, when he scored 17 points off the bench as a freshman during Michigan’s 82-76 loss to Louisville.