If you had never heard of Spike Albrecht before the first half of Monday night’s NCAA championship game between Michigan and Louisville, well, you are not alone.
Of course, it was not just the public at large that was absolutely stunned by Albrecht’s 17 first-half points, but also the coaches of every single Division 1 school in the country besides Michigan and Appalachian State.
You read that correctly: Michael Joseph Albrecht, of Crown Point, Indiana, was ignored by in-state Big Ten schools Indiana and Purdue, as well as nearby Notre Dame. But the onus was not on the three of them.
Again, this guy, who was hotter than Scottie Pippin in any mid-’90s version of NBA Jam, just fell through the recruiting cracks.
Before Michigan called, Spike Albrecht’s only interested school was Appalachian State. Richard Pitino/his staff will be dogged like that.
— Darren Wolfson (@DarrenWolfson) April 9, 2013
Wow. Of course, we could talk about the time when Appalachian State’s FCS-level football team upset then-No. 5 Michigan, but the parallels really end there.
That being said, it is interesting that not a single other Big Ten school or such programs as DePaul or Loyola in Chicago never tried to bring this sharp-shooter to campus.