C.P. grad Albrecht transferring to Brown

Former Toledo player heading to Ivy League but not Cornell
2010-05-07T19:00:00Z C.P. grad Albrecht transferring to BrownBY STEVE HANLON - steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com

CROWN POINT | Last weekend Stephen Albrecht had the thrill of a lifetime. The 2008 Crown Point grad got to meet ESPN personality Chris Berman, along with the rest of the Brown University men's basketball team.

After playing some pickup basketball, a bunch of young ladies came running up to the college hoop players. After the socialization ended, one of the Bears told Albrecht an interesting story.

"That was Bruce Willis' daughter," he was told.

On Thursday Albrecht verbally committed to play basketball at Brown, an Ivy League school that finished 11-20 last season for coach Jesse Agel. His official visit over the weekend opened his eyes to a different world than what he's been used to.

"(Berman) was there for an alumni dinner or something like that," Albrecht said. "So he came down and talked to the guys and wished them the best and told them he'd be watching them. It was pretty cool.

"I had no clue that was Bruce Willis' daughter until the guys told me. I guess there are a lot of famous people who go there."

Albrecht, a three-time Times All-Area first team pick, left Toledo midseason, despite being the Rockets' second-leading scorer at 11.2 points a game. He scored 20 against NCAA Final Four participant Michigan State and also against the Sweet 16 darlings Cornell.

But issues arose with coach Gene Cross, who has since resigned at Toledo.

Consequently, Brown will ask the NCAA for a waiver so Albrecht could play in the second semester of the upcoming season.

If it is not granted Albrecht will have to sit out all of next year but will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Cornell had already offered Albrecht a spot on its basketball team soon after he left Toledo. But Steve Donahue left Cornell to take the coaching position at Boston College after his team's great run in March.

Albrecht said Cornell was still recruiting him, but he just felt at home at Brown, located in Providence, R.I.

"The new coaching staff at Cornell were good people but I never had a chance to meet them," Albrecht said. "And after I visited Brown it just felt like the right fit. I like the campus. I like the coaches. It just seemed like that was where I was supposed to be."

And if he hits a big game-winning shot, the chances of the replay ending up on "SportsCenter" might be a little higher. Albrecht now knows someone at "The Worldwide Leader in Sports."

"It was cool meeting Berman," Albrecht said. "He is just like he is on TV in person. It was a lot of fun to talk to him."

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