Wolves Watching: Clarkston Knows Kithier’s Eligibility, Isn’t Telling
The Michigan High School Athletic Association has ruled on the eligibility of Clarkston boys basketball transfer and Michigan State signee Thomas Kithier, despite an article by a Detroit area newspaprer earlier this week reporting the situation is "unclear" and still being decided.
According to the MHSAA, Clarkston has been informed of its decision on Kithier’s playing status for the 2017-18 season. The 6-foot-8 Kithier enrolled at Clarkston over the summer, leaving Macomb Dakota, where as a sophomore during the 2015-16 season he helped take the Cougars to the Class A semifinals.
It’s MHSAA policy to defer to individual schools in alerting the public and the media of decisions effecting athletes and coaches.
At Wednesday’s Signing Day ceremony in the Wolves gymnasium, Clarkston athletic department personnel told reporters the issue remains in the hands of the MHSAA. In a phone call with State Champs Thursday morning, the MHSAA refuted this claim.
Kithier averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds as a junior last winter at Dakota. He committed to Michigan State following his sophomore year.
Clarkston is the defending Class A champions and numerous national publications have them ranked in the Top 10 nationally in their respective preseason polls.
Senior point guard Foster Loyer signed his National Letter of Intent with Michigan State Wednesday shortly after Kitheir did the same. Starting center Taylor Currie signed with Wisconsin.