I interviewed Michigan’s Spike Albrecht for an article for NBC. I always like to share the raw Q&A with you guys after the fact.
In your mind, what led to your breakout performance against the Louisville defense?
Throughout the course of the season, having Trey Burke play in front of me, coaches told me ‘you’ve got to stay ready, because you never know what might happen’. So we’ve always had this next man up mentality here at Michigan. It could have been any one of us out of the fifteen, but it happened to be me.
Now that opposing coaches know what you can do, are you expecting a little more defensive attention?
I don’t know about that. I think they’ve got a lot more guys to worry about on our team than me. There’s a lot of talented guys on this team. But I don’t think they’re going to take me lightly, you know?
People see you as a dangerous shooter now. What parts of your game are you working on to add to your arsenal?
The most important thing for me is getting stronger in the weight room. I’m trying to put on weight, increase my athleticism. Then do as much on the court as I can. Make sure my handle is as good as it can me and that my shot is right. The most important thing at my size is to get stronger and more athletic.
Did your insta-celebrity make your summer more lively?
I didn’t. I didn’t really want all that sort of attention, so I didn’t get caught up in that. I was more upset that we lost and that I couldn’t do anything in the second half to help us win. I was kind of bummed out.
What’s your daily routine like right now?
We only get a certain amount of hours with the coaches, but I’m taking classes, making sure I’m staying on top of schoolwork and getting in the gym. Making sure we get some shots and eat right. Doing the best things to stay in shape that you can.
Are you taking any summer classes?
I’m taking a philosophy class and a science class. You’re taking a whole semester in seven or eight weeks, so you have to stay on top of it.
The recruiting machine keeps bringing in superstar guards. Do you worry that you’ll still have a hard time finding your court time?
I don’t get caught up in that. I just do everything I can. I didn’t play a lot last year and I had a fantastic time. I had a hell of a season. So, if we can do that again…
You’re kind of the ideal person to exemplify the motto of ‘be prepared’
Exactly, it’s huge. Especially in college basketball, anything can happen. It’s just crazy.
Being a shooter is kind of like being a reliever in baseball. How do you keep your mind sharp while you’re waiting for your number to be called?
At first it was a little bit difficult. Your role is different coming out of high school. So it took a little time. I tried to stay engaged on the bench, stay loose and make sure I wasn’t going to take me a minute or two to get ready when I got in. You can’t do that in college basketball. The second you get in, you’ve got to be ready to go. I wanted to go out there and play my hardest and hope that good things would happen.
Did you get to spend some time at home this summer?
I was home for two months this spring. It’s always good to go back home and see family and friends you haven’t seen for a while.
Did your old friends act impressed with your season, or did they rib you? Which way did it go?
I had a ton of people congratulating me and telling me they really enjoyed watching us this season. Being back in my hometown I really appreciated it that they were following Michigan basketball.
Did you play any pick-up?
I did. It’s nice because me, Glenn Robinson and Mitch McGary are all from Indiana, and we all live within about a half hour of each other, so we were getting together every day, working out and playing games and stuff. It’s great playing with other guys who know what they’re doing so you don’t get hurt or anything.
There’s always some down time in summer. Did you get into any video game marathons, or get hooked on a TV show?
I’m not a big video game guy. I’d rather go hang out with friends and play basketball. Video games to me are almost a waste of time.
Do you play anything other than basketball during the summer?
I play a lot of golf. I’m not very good, but I have fun with it.