Michigan basketball recruit Austin Hatch to reclassify to the 2014 class
ANN ARBOR -- Michigan basketball recruit Austin Hatch has decided to remain in high school for two more years as he recovers from a 2011 plane crash.
Hatch, a Fort Wayne Canterbury product who was involved in the tragic crash that killed his father and step mother, was originally supposed to be a member of Michigan's 2013 recruiting class. But, according to Indiana's WANE-TV, Hatch will reclassify as a recruit to the 2014 class.
The television station reported that Hatch now intends on signing a letter of intent with Michigan in the fall of 2014, and said that Michigan coach John Beilein still plans on honoring his full athletic scholarship.
Hatch's athletic director reportedly asked the Indiana High School Athletic Association for an extra "redshirt year" of high school eligibility, which was granted in an "unprecedented ruling."
Hatch, originally a three-star guard prospect, averaged 23.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore in 2010-11. He received a scholarship offer from Michigan in the summer of 2011 and committed on June 15.
Nine days later, Hatch was involved in the plane crash. From there, he spent nearly four months in Traverse City's Munson Medical Center before being released and allowed back to school.
In an interview with the Detroit Free Press this past spring, Hatch -- who did not play basketball in 2011-12 -- said he intends to get back on the court and take advantage of Beilein's scholarship once he gets to college.
Michigan's 2013 recruiting class includes highly-touted Indiana four-star guard Zak Irvin, four-star point guard Derrick Walton (Chandler Park Academy) and Ohio four-star forward Mark Donnal. Beilein cannot speak publicly about any unsigned players, but Hatch's decision to move to 2014 does open one more spot, officially, for the 2013 group.
Beilein's 2013 class is currently ranked No. 2 overall by ESPN.com.