But why, then, is Beilein running his major college basketball program like a minor league baseball club? We've noted how he treats college students like free-agents, signing them all for a year or two at a time - - - THREE MAXIMUM.
After deciding to offer Albrecht, Beilein told Carroll: "I love this kid. I'm either in a lot of trouble or I'm going to be a genius."
Beilein carried on about him like he was an adopted son, electing him as a Captain, and even defending the poor boy for trouble getting to class the morning after a late-night game in New York City. What a Proud Papa Beilein was to Albrecht!
“The leadership right now of Caris and Spike has really been tremendous,” John Beilein said. “On the court those two have shown as good of leadership as we’ve had to this point. We’ve got a long season (ahead), but there is no question that they are in charge of this team right now.”
“He has had as good a fall as anybody that we’ve had,” John Beilein said. “I’d encourage him to shoot more. If anyone saw him at Crown Pointe, he was a scorer who could play point, not a point guard who could score.”
Then Spike started to show signs of wear and tear, eventually needing major hip surgery that threw his athletic future up for grabs. But that didn't stop Papa John from pushing for Spike's return. Beilein wanted Albrecht back on the court LAST YEAR so bad we could almost taste it when we heard him speak. The former walk-on seemed like the #1 recruit in America for the Wolverines.