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U-M's Albrecht transferring to play fifth year

Posted at 4:18 PM, Mar 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-30 07:56:21-04

Spike Albrecht wants to continue his basketball career.

The Michigan guard has been released from the school and will plan to transfer to play a fifth year elsewhere.

ESPN's Jeff Goodman first reported the news.

“I just didn't feel like I was helping the team this year. I wasn’t close to 100 percent, but now I feel great and want to find a good situation where I can play and help a team.” Albrecht said to Goodman.

Albrecht's senior season ended after two hip surgeries. He announced he was done playing basketball in December. Michigan has too many players under scholarship to keep Albrecht on its roster.

"I'm not going to half-ass anything," Albrecht told Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press.

"I wasn't going to let this (define me). When I'm done playing basketball, I'm going out on my own terms. I'm not going to go out sitting on the sidelines," he added in his conversation with the Free Press.

Albrecht became a Wolverines hero in the NCAA Championship game three years ago, when Trey Burke got in foul trouble.

He made four three-pointers and scored 17 points in the first half.

Albrecht has reportedly not been granted release to transfer within the Big Ten.