Doyle, Albrecht receive transfer releases from Michigan

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Ricky Doyle and Spike Albrecht have been granted their releases to transfer from Michigan's basketball program.

The school confirmed the releases Tuesday. Doyle has two seasons of eligibility remaining. Albrecht has spent four years at Michigan, but he hardly played at all this season after hip surgery, so he still has eligibility left.

''Coach (John) Beilein took a chance on me and I will forever be grateful for that,'' Doyle said in a statement. ''It was a difficult decision for me to make, however, I just feel this is the best decision moving forward.''

The 6-foot-9 Doyle averaged 3.8 points and 12.2 minutes a game this season. He would have likely entered next season behind Mark Donnal and possibly Moritz Wagner on the depth chart.

''Ricky is a tremendous young man with very high character and plenty of potential to develop into being a fine college player,'' Beilein said. ''We have enjoyed coaching him over the past two years and wish him nothing but the best.''

Albrecht played only eight games in 2015-16 before being shut down for the season in December. He played in less than 30 percent of Michigan's games, meaning he could redshirt and play somewhere next season.

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