It's never easy to replace a four-year starter at point guard, especially on a team that expects to be in the thick of the conference title race again next season, and that's the biggest offseason hurdle the Hoosiers are tasked with clearing. There are a multitude of in-house options to replace Yogi Ferrell as the Indiana's floor general but, as last year proved, you probably can't have enough guards on your roster.
And given the success of Max Bielfeldt last season, Tom Crean probably thinks you can't have enough graduate transfers from Michigan, either.
Michigan grad transfer Spike Albrecht told ESPN that he's looking at Purdue, Wichita State, Indiana, Texas A&M, Syracuse, USC & Milwaukee.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 19, 2016
Of the teams on that list, Indiana is probably the path of most resistance in regards to playing time, with Robert Johnson and James Blackmon Jr. likely entrenched as starters and Pittsburgh transfer Josh Newkirk also expected to be heavily in the mix for minutes. Add in three recruits: Curtis Jones, Devonte Green, and Grant Gelon, all of whom are expected to be competing for minutes in the backcourt when they arrive on campus.
Granted, none of these guys have the résumé that Spike Albrecht has put together in his four years at Michigan. He burst onto the scene with an unbelievable scoring performance in the National Championship game, in which he hit 4 of 5 threes on his way to 17 points. From there, he primarily became a facilitator, and an awfully good one, for the Wolverines, only once exceeding the point total he put up in the title game as a freshman. He was an effective shooter when he did let it fly, hitting 40.5% of his threes and 43.3% of his twos.
While the talent and ability are not in question, the health certainly is. Albrecht is still recovering from multiple hip surgeries that ended his Michigan career and cost him the majority of his senior season. He attempted to play out the year following the procedures in the offseason but was unable to do so, and has yet to reach 100%.
Somewhat complicating matters further is the fact that Indiana currently has no open scholarships for next season. While one could certainly open up should Troy Williams decide to head to the NBA, there's a chance Indiana would need a second departure if both Spike and JUCO transfer Freddie McSwain (who is currently on campus taking a visit) would decide to play in Bloomington next season.