A role he’s embraced. He’s an high energy guy. A sixth or seventh option off the bench. His role, well, is to give his team a spark, or a starter much needed rest, or maybe, a clutch three-pointer when his team needs it the most.
It’s his role, and he happens to be pretty good at it.
“A couple years ago coach [John Beilein] he told me, ‘Not everyone can be a superstar, but everyone can be a superstar in their role.’ That’s something I really embraced here,” Albrecht said, who averaged 3.3 points, and shot 38.7 percent from three point range in 2013-14 season. At 5-foot-11, 175-pounds, Albrecht isn’t the quickest, or most athletic player on Michigan’s roster. He’s only has one career start, however, he has appeared in all of U-M’s 76 games in his two years in Ann Arbor. And he’s not too focused on cracking the starting lineup.
“I know I’m probably not going to start, never will start, never had,” Albrecht said. “But that doesn’t matter to me. I come in and I try to make an impact on the game. Just bringing energy, that’s what I do. I come in and try to stir up the pot a little bit.”
Albrecht’s importance to the team has been noticed. When he’s not playing, he’s always an active member to the team on and off the court, says junior Caris LeVert.
“We know Spike is a very important guy on our team,” LeVert said. “He’s been since he’s been a freshman here. So he’s one of the smartest guys on the team, even if he not in the game, he comes up to us and tells us what he sees out there. When he’s on the floor, he passes and shoots the ball so well – that teams got to pay attention to him.”
Michigan opens its season with an exhibition game at home versus Wayne State on Nov. 10.
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