Michigan basketball picks up 2012 commitment from prep school point guard Spike Albrecht
This story was updated at 9:35 p.m.
Regardless of what Trey Burke's future holds, the Michigan basketball program has another ball handler in the fold for 2012-13.
Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.) coach John Carroll confirmed via text message to AnnArbor.com on Friday that 2012 point guard Spike Albrecht offered a verbal commitment to Michigan coach John Beilein and the Wolverines.
And, according to Carroll, a better marriage might not exist.
"We played a very similar offense to what Michigan runs, and this kid is designed for this offense," Carroll said. "He was years ahead of other players when it came to understanding where this offense could go, and that's what you hope your point guard is.
"And I think he'll be the same for Michigan. I think (Beilein) will have a blast coaching this kid."
Albrecht, listed at 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds according to MaxPreps.com, will become the fourth player in Michigan's 2012 class, joining signees Mitch McGary, Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas.
He can officially sign his letter of intent on April 11, when the spring signing period begins.
Carroll said Albrecht -- currently an unranked prospect -- began an official visit to Michigan on Thursday and was expected to remain in Ann Arbor through Saturday.
He didn't need that long to commit.
"He just built a great resume as the year went on," Carroll said of Albrecht, who is originally from Crown Point, Ind., and played on the same AAU team as McGary and Robinson. "He was our tournament MVP, and one thing (Michigan can) expect was what we saw, is that he makes the right decisions.
"He is absolutely clutch."
He may be unranked at the moment, but he's not without a resume.
Albrecht played in the prestigious New England Preparatory School Athletic Council last season, the same league that featured McGary and Brewster Academy.
In fact, Albrecht went 5-for-6 from the foul line in overtime of an NEPSAC tournament semifinal, helping NMH knock off Brewster, advance to the finals and hand McGary's club its lone loss of the season.
Albrecht was later named the most valuable player of the tournament.
"With us, being surrounded by (elite players), coaches didn't have to guess what he would have to look like at a high-level, Division I school," Carroll said. "A lot of the players he went against were high-level kids and our starting lineup was 6-9, 6-9, 6-6, 6-3 and him.
"And coaches said, 'well, if he can do it with this group, he can do it with us.'"
As far as his fit with Michigan, Carroll says it's a natural pairing.
Albrecht set Northfield Mount Hermon's school assist record last season, and rarely turned the ball over in the process.
"The mental ability and the ability, physically, to run the offense is what probably stood out," Carroll said. "He shattered the school record for assists with 241 assists with about 50 turnovers. That combination of right pass without taking unnecessary risks is perfect for that offense.
"He's a terrific search-dribbler, where it looks like he doesn't see the whole floor, and then the next thing you know, he's throwing a pass over his head to a kid that's wide open for a 3."
Burke is currently deciding whether to return to Michigan for his sophomore season or declare early for the NBA draft.
Should Burke leave, Albrecht will join senior Eso Akunne as the only point guards on Michigan's roster.
And if Burke isn't in Ann Arbor next season, Albrecht will have large shoes to fill, as he'll be competing to replace the co-Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
According to Carroll, it won't be anything the cool-handed Albrecht can't handle mentally.
"This kid is the lowest-maintenance kid I've ever coached," Carroll said. "He's incredibly hard to rattle, other opponents tried to do it, but he's an incredibly tough kid.
"Outside factors won't be a distraction to him. He's a very coachable kid, and he's very focused on and off the court."
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