Report: Austin Hatch reclassifies to class of 2014

Dylan Burkhardt

Austin-Hatch-speaks-about-recovery-from-crash-Q01DCRAK-x-large[1]WANE-TV is reporting that Michigan commitment Austin Hatch has been granted an additional year of eligibility by the IHSAA and will reclassify to the class of 2014. Hatch is a survivor of two plane crashes, the most recent in June of 2011 which took the life of his father and step mother and left him in a medically induced coma for a significant amount of time. Here’s an excerpt of WANE-TV’s report:

Hatch informed WANE-TV that the IHSAA has granted him another year of eligibility per a letter written by Canterbury athletic director Ken Harkenrider to IHSAA commissioner Bobby Cox. Hatch was originally scheduled to play his senior season of basketball this fall after missing all of last season recovering. However, the IHSAA’s ruling allows Hatch eligibility for the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. In Austin’s words, it allows him to count 2011-12 as a “redshirt year.” It is an unprecedented ruling in terms of the IHSAA.

Instead of signing with Michigan this November Hatch now has an extra year and will sign with U of M in November of 2013. Hatch says Michigan coach John Beilein and the program has said they will honor his scholarship any year and continue to support Austin.

Our scholarship breakdown chart has been updated to reflect the news of Hatch moving to the class of 2014.

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  • Steve2081

    This was expected. He’ll make a nice compliment to Booker and KBD/Looney.

    • geoffclarke

      Wow, adding Looney to the mix, eh? He’s got a LOT of talent, and like KBD, would be a perfect fit for Michigan. It’d be nice to see some KBD/Looney matchups.

      • Like KBD’s fit in Michigan’s system better even if Looney is probably a bit higher level talent. Also, obviously, like Michigan’s chances at KBD much more than Looney.

  • geoffclarke

    Good for Austin! I wish you nothing but the best!

  • Brick93

    Hey, we just got our first 2014 commit! This is great news.

  • toblav

    Very glad Austin will have time to let things fall into place and not feel pressure to force a return to top form and improve. Two years away and he is already a favorite.

  • Steve2081

    New rivals 2014 rankings are out. KBD up to #23, Booker at #27, Bluiett at #49 Tate at #72

  • Brian

    Not trying to be a downer but I highly doubt Hatch ever suits up in a Michigan uniform. I expect he will get the Ben Cronin treatment though and receive a medical scholarship. I hope I am wrong but that’s the way I am reading things right now.

    • Steve2081

      You are being a downer.

    • Mattski

      I’m going to hold out hope that he can return to his full capabilities as a basketball player. But barring that–how cool would it be if he was on the team anyway? How inspirational would be it to have him on the bench?

      • Steve2081

        Yeah until I hear otherwise I am going to continue to assume that he will be playing basketball for us.

    • flwolve

      A fairly knowledgable poster on GBW posted the same thing a few weeks ago. I think it’s an extreme longshot for Hatch to ever suit up for us, but obviously it’s still a possibility based on this recent announcement which is good to see.

    • Nick

      does anyone know what, precisely, the physical problems he’s having in his recovery are?