"It's the personnel and he's got defensive-minded guys with Zavier Simpson leading the charge and that is contagious," said Spike Albrecht, who played for Beilein from 2012-16. "When I was there we were talented, but we didn't take pride in defense."
"What Biggie is doing numbers-wise this year is just out of control," said 24-year-old guard Spike Albrecht, who played with four future NBA players on Michigan's most recent Final Four team. "I remember when Trey (Burke) averaged 17 points and seven assists, and people were saying it was the best since Magic Johnson was at Michigan State. But Biggie's double-doubles and 30-20 games are things you've never seen before."