ANN ARBOR, Mich. – After enduring two off-season hip surgeries, senior guard Spike Albrecht says he is still not fully recovered as Michigan prepares for its 2015-16 season.
In fact, Albrecht, who averaged a career-high 32 minutes per game, 7.5 points per game and 3.9 assists in 2014-15, said he played most of his junior campaign with nagging hip pain, and admitted he recently just started basketball activities again.
“(I sat) out five or six months before I really did anything,” Albrecht said at U-M’s media day on Thursday. “Obviously, I am not where I want to be. But I have been working everyday to get back to where I was. I still got a ways to go. But coach has done a great job of transitioning me back in.”
And so far the transition of playing basketball again hasn’t been as easy as he anticipated, he says.
“I think it has been a little tougher than expected,” Albrecht said. “I just kind of jumped back in and expected myself to right where I was skill-wise, shooting the basketball and things like that. I’m not there yet. It can frustrating at times, but just got to remind myself it’s a long process.”
Adding: “It’s gotten a lot better these past few weeks,” Albrecht said. “After the first week or so after I was back integrated into things I was pretty sore. Just from getting back running and moving, I hadn’t done that in so long. But that’s sort of slowed down these past few weeks, so it’s getting better.”