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December 22, 2014
Career Notes (2013, '14, '15)
• Played in 107 career games, becoming the 61st Wolverine ever to play 100 career games
• Holds a 75-33 career record
• Helped U-M to two NCAA Tournament selections (2013, '14)
• Helped U-M advance to back-to-back NCAA Elite Eight appearances (2013, '14)
• Helped U-M to first NCAA Final Four in 20 years (2013)
• Helped U-M advance to the 2013 NCAA national title game vs. Louisville
• Helped U-M to its first outright Big Ten regular-season title in 28 years (2014)
• Helped U-M to its first No. 1 seed at the Big Ten Tournament (2014)
Junior (2014-15) ... MICHIGAN HONORS: Team Captain (2014-15) ... U-M's Bill Buntin Most Valuable Player (co) ... U-M's Travis Conlan Sportsmanship Award ... U-M's Gary Grant Award for Most Assists ... U-M's Steve Grote Hustle Award ... U-M's Thad Garner Leadership Award ... Helped U-M to a 16-16 overall record ... Helped U-M to highlighted wins against Syracuse (68-65; Dec. 2) in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge; vs. Oregon (70-63; Nov. 24) in the semifinal of the Legends Classic and 24/23 Ohio State (64-57; Feb. 22) ... Played in 31 games, with 18 starts ... Missed first career game due to illness (upper respiratory infection) against Northwestern (Jan. 17) ... Sitting out snapped a 93 consecutive streak of games played ... Averaged 7.5 points per game, scoring 233 total points ... Scored a career-high 18 points at Michigan State (Feb. 1) ... Averaged 2.3 rebounds per game, grabbing 72 total boards ... Had a career-best six rebounds against Illinois (Dec. 30) ...Shot 40.4 percent (78-for-193) from the field ... Made a career-best-tying six field goals, twice -- at Michigan State (Feb. 1) and at Illinois (Feb. 12) ... Attempted a career-best 13 field goals at MSU ... Shot 36.5 percent (35-for-96) from three-point ranges ... Made a career-best-tying four three-pointers at Purdue (Jan. 3) ... Attempted a career-best eight three-pointers at Maryland (Feb. 28) ... Shot 91.3 percent from the free throw line (42-for-46) ... Made a career-best six free throws against Nebraska (Jan. 27) ... Attempted a career-best six free throw attempts, three times ... Recorded 121 assists (3.9 apg) ... Had a career-best nine assists, twice -- Syracuse (Dec. 2) and Rutgers (March 7) ... Had a team-best and led the Big Ten with a 3.0 assist/turnover ratio with 121 assists and 41 turnovers ... Recorded one block, with a career-best-tying one block at Indiana (Feb. 8) ... Recorded 27 steals, with a season-best three steals against Nicholls State (Nov. 29) ... Averaged 32.0 minutes per game ... Played 30-plus minutes in 18 games, including in 15 of the final 17 games ... Played 40-plus minutes in three games ... Played a career-best 47 minutes in double overtime game at Northwestern (March 3).
Sophomore (2013-14) ... MICHIGAN HONORS: U-M's Travis Conlan Sportsmanship Award ... U-M's Raeder's Raiders Spirit Award, Presented annually by the U-M 'M' Club to student-athlete who positively impacts the team coming off the bench ... Helped U-M to a 28-9 overall record, fourth straight season program has won 20-plus wins ... Helped U-M defeat three straight top-10 opponents for the first time in school history -- at No. 3 Wisconsin (77-70, Jan. 18); against No. 10 Iowa (75-67, Jan. 22) and at No. 3 Michigan State (80-75, Jan. 25) ... Helped U-M win its first outright Big Ten Championship since 1986, winning the league by three games (15-3) ... Helped U-M to its first No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament and advance to championship game for first time since 1998 ... Helped U-M earn the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament Midwest region, the program's fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance ... Helped U-M advance to the Elite Eight for second straight year, before falling to Kentucky, 75-72, on a last second three-point field goal ... Played in all 37 games, with one start ... Made first career start against Iowa (Jan. 22) ... Averaged 3.3 points per game, scoring 121 total points ... Scored a season-best 10 points against No. 1 Arizona (Dec. 14) ... Averaged 1.1 rebounds per game, grabbing 41 total boards ... Recorded a season-best three rebounds, six times ... Shot 40.4 percent (38-for-94) from the field ... Made a season-best three field goals, twice ... Attempted a season-best seven field goals vs. Charlotte (Nov. 24) in the championship game of the Puerto Rico Tipoff ... Shot 38.7 percent (24-for-62) from three-point range ... Made a season-best three three-pointers against Arizona (Dec. 14) ... Attempted a season-best four three-pointers, twice ... Shot 77.8 percent (21-for-27) from the free throw line ... Made a season-best four free throws against Indiana (March 8) in the Big Ten clinching game ... Attempted a season-best five free throws at Michigan State ... Recorded 75 assists (2.0 apg) ...Had a season-best seven assists against Iowa ... Had a team-best a 4.7 assist/turnover ratio with 75 assists and 16 turnovers ... Recorded one block, with a career-best-tying one against Houston Baptist (Dec. 7) ... Recorded 18 steals, with a career-best four steals against Iowa ... Averaged 14.7 minutes per game ... Played 20-plus minutes in six games ... Played a season-best 35 minutes against Iowa -- his first career 30-plus minute game and his first career start.
Freshman (2012-13) ... NCAA TOURNAMENT HONORS: NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team ... Helped U-M to 31-8 overall record, tying the U-M record for most wins in a single season and marking just the third time U-M has record 30-plus wins in a season ... Helped U-M earn the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament South Region, program's third straight NCAA Tournament appearance ... Helped U-M advance reach the NCAA Final Four for the first time in 20 years ... Helped U-M reach the national title game for the first time in 20 years, before falling to No. 1 Louisville, 82-76 ... Helped U-M win the program's first NIT Season Tip-Off title, after defeating Kansas State (Nov. 23), 79-72 ... Helped U-M go undefeated (13-0) in non-conference play for the first time since 1985-86 ... Helped U-M match the program's best start going 16-0 to begin season, best since 1985-86 ... Played in all 39 games coming off the bench ... One of five Wolverines to play in every game ... Averaged 2.2 points per game, scoring 84 total points ... Scored a season-best 17 points vs. Louisville (April 8) in the national title game, converting a season-best six field goals (6-for-9) and four three pointers (4-for-5) ... Averaged 0.8 rebounds per game, grabbing 31 total boards ... Had a season-best two rebounds, six times ... Shot 47.5 percent (28-for-59) from the field ... Made a career-best six field goals vs. Louisville in national title game ... Attempted a season-best nine field goals vs. Louisville ... Shot 54.5 percent (18-for-33) from three-point range, including 90 percent (9-for-10) in the NCAA Tournament ... Made a season-best four three-pointers on a season-best five attempts vs. Louisville ... Shot 83.3 percent (10-for-12) from the free-throw line ... Made a season-best four free throws on a season-best four attempts at Ohio State (Jan. 13) ... Recorded 28 assists, with a season-best two assists, nine times ... Recorded one block, with a career-best one block at Michigan State (Feb. 12) ... Recorded 12 steals, with a season-best three steals vs. Florida (March 31) ... Averaged 8.1 minutes per game ... Played 10-plus minutes in 14 games ... Played a season-best 28 minutes vs. Louisville.
Prep Career ... Post-Graduate (2012-13) ... Northfield Mount Hermon (2012) ... Coached by John Carroll... 2012 NEPSAC Class AAA Tournament MVP ... Averaged 9.3 points, 6.9 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals ... Led Northfield Mount Hermon to a 29-6 record ... Led Northfield Mount Hermon to the NEPSAC Class AAA title following a 74-70 win over St. Thomas Prep, where he had 23 points, two rebounds and nine assists and earned MVP honors ... Reached the championship after defeating Bridgton Academy (72-61) in quarterfinal, where he had 12 points, four rebounds and six assists and upsetting previously undefeated and No. 1 Brewster Academy (87-83, OT) in semifinal, where he had 16 points, three rebounds and eight assists ... Set Northfield Mount Hermon record with 241 assists ... Prep ... Crown Point High School (2011) ... Coached by Clint Swan ... Scored 1,059 points in his career ... 2011 IBCA All-State Honorable Mention ... 2011 Associated Press All-State High Honorable Mention ... 2011 Duneland Athletic Conference MVP ... Three-time Duneland All-Conference team (2009, '10, '11) ... Three-time team MVP (2009, '10, '11) ... Named to both Times and Post-Tribune All-Area (2010, '11) ... Invited to and participated in 2011 Hoosier Basketball Magazine Top-60 Workout ... Invited to the 2010 IBCA Top 100 Workout ... As a senior (2010-11) ... Averaged 21.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 2.9 steals per game ... Started all 22 games and led Crown Point to 18-4 record and 11-3 Duneland Conference record, runner-up finish ... In Class 4A Playoffs, defeated Hobart (77-32) in Class 4A, Sectional 2 quarterfinal before losing to Valparaiso (61-45) in semifinal ... Scored career-high 36 points vs. Valparaiso ... As a junior (2009-10) ... Averaged 19.0 points, 3.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.8 steals per game ... Started all 21 games and led Crown Point to 8-13 record and 5-9 Duneland Conference record ... In Class 4A Playoffs, lost to LaPorte (56-46) in Class 4A, Sectional 2 quarterfinal ... Scored a season-high 32 points against Lake Central ... As a sophomore (2008-09) ... Averaged 8.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 1.4 steals per game ... Started all 23 games and led Crown Point to 15-8 record and 8-6 Duneland Conference record ... Scored a season-high 32 points against East Chicago Central...In Class 4A Playoffs, defeated LaPorte (69-54) in Class 4A, Sectional 2 quarterfinal and Hobart (59-36) to advance to sectional final ... Lost to Valparaiso (54-49) in final ... As a freshman (2007-08) ... Played on junior varsity ... AAU ... Played with Sports Youth Foundation Basketball Flyers (SYF) with U-M commits Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary ... Coached by Wayne Brumm.
Personal ... Given name is Michael Joseph Albrecht ... Born August 24, 1992 in Crown Point, Ind. ... Son of Tammy and Charles Albrecht ... Enrolled in the College of Literature, Science & the Arts ... General Studies major.
Personal Notes ... Nickname is "Spike" ... Earned nickname after he wore his baseball spikes everywhere as a kid to show his parents how badly he wanted to play ... Family friends with former Wolverine Zack Novak (2009-12) ... Brother, Stephen, played college basketball at Toledo and Brown ... Played in NESPAC League against U-M teammates Mitch McGary (Brewster Academy) and Nik Stauskas (St. Mark's) ... Played in Duneland Athletic Conference in high school along with U-M teammate Glenn Robinson III (Lake Central).