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Former Michigan guard formally joins Purdue program

WEST LAFAYETE, Ind. (AP) Former Michigan guard Spike Albrecht will finish his basketball career at Purdue, Boilermakers coach Matt Painter announced Monday.

Albrecht is a graduate transfer and will be eligible to compete immediately - once he is granted a waiver from Big Ten officials.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound guard grew up in Crown Point, Indiana, and appeared in 115 games for Michigan including the 2013 national championship game. Albrecht made four 3-pointers and scored 17 points in an 82-76 loss to Louisville in that game, a performance that got him on the all-tournament team.

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But last December, Albrecht announced he would no longer play because a nagging hip injury was forcing him to finish his career.

Painter says Albrecht will add toughness and leadership to his backcourt.