The Michigan Wolverines basketball team got one of their biggest players back for this season over the summer. Point guard Spike Albrecht had offseason hip surgery and it was unclear if he would be able to play this year.
He did play for the first few weeks of the season, but it now looks like he won’t going forward. The team announced Friday morning that Albrecht has decided to step away from basketball for the remainder of the season.
Albrecht has been a big piece for the Wolverines since his freshman season. He stepped into the spotlight when he scored 17 points in the 2012 National Championship game against Louisville.
He announced the news in a statement released by the school Friday morning:
“This has been the toughest decision I have ever had to make,” said Albrecht. “After taking a hard look at what is best for me, and this team, I will be stepping away from the game that has meant so much to me.”
It is not clear if his career is completely over or if he will try to come back next season and get an extra season of eligibility.
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