If Trey Burke does in fact end up declaring for the NBA Draft like most people expect him to, Michigan will lose its starting point guard. Actually, Michigan will lose the only point guard on the roster who has actually seen significant playing time. With Carlton Brundidge deciding to transfer, Michigan could be looking at starting Eso Akunne if Burke decides to go pro.
With or without Burke next season, Michigan needs added depth at point guard, which is why it offered a scholarship to Spike Albrecht. He is a point guard from Indiana, and he committed to Michigan on Friday. Here's more on Albrecht from UM Hoops:
Michigan is in the unenviable position of having to scramble to find a point guard sooner than later. Albrecht isn’t the highest rated point guard on the board but he has the makings of a solid fit for the Wolverines. That’s not to say he’ll be Michigan’s starting point guard or be a 30 minute per game answer, but he should find a niche given the talent around him.
Albrecht is the very definition of a player who is under the radar. He isn't even in the database for the major recruiting sites, and the only other school really in contention for Albrecht was Appalachian State. For John Beilein, the hope is Albrecht will turn out to be another Stu Douglass or Zack Novak and significantly outplay his recruiting ranking (or lack of ranking, in this case).
UPDATE: Albrecht is now a three-star recruit on Rivals.
Michigan Basketball Recruiting Class Of 2012
- SF Glenn Robinson III (St. John, IN) - 6'5", 192 lbs., *****
- SG Nick Stauskas (Southborough, MA) - 6'5", 185 lbs., ****
- PF/C Mitch McGary (Chesterton, IN) - 6'10", 250 lbs., ****
- PG Spike Albrecht (Crown Point, IN) - 6'1", 180 lbs., ***
(Height, weight and stars from Rivals.com)