FORT WAYNE – The next step in senior Austin Hatchs road to recovery will take place in California.
Hatch announced Saturday on his Twitter account that he is moving to Pasadena, Calif., to live with family and will transfer from Canterbury to Loyola High School in Los Angeles. Loyola is a private, all-boys high school.
Its been great Fort Wayne, but I need to get prepared for Michigan, the former Canterbury basketball standout wrote. LA is my new home for the next ten months then off to Ann Arbor.
When contacted by text message, Hatch wrote: (Cant talk) right now. Not supposed to comment yet.
The family of the former Cavaliers student-athlete and Michigan basketball recruit issued a statement through family spokesman Dave Quast: Austin Hatch continues to make steady improvement as he prepares for his final year of high school education. The family is grateful for all of the care and support provided by the Canterbury School faculty and staff as well as for the community of well-wishers surrounding Austin especially those close friends and family in Ft. Wayne, IN. We thank you for your good wishes and for allowing Austin the privacy he needs while he continues to focus on academics and his recovery in general, which are his immediate priorities.
A 6-foot-7 forward, Hatch averaged 23 points and nine rebounds as a sophomore and committed to Michigan in 2011. A week later, Hatch survived his second plane crash but his father and stepmother died. The first crash in 2003 claimed the lives of his mother and two siblings.
Because of his injuries and recovery, Hatch missed his junior year at Canterbury and was granted another year of eligibility by the IHSAA. He has not played for the Cavaliers since his sophomore season and will have one year of eligibility remaining.