Michigan State 3-star commit Thomas Kithier has been ruled ineligible to play this season by the Michigan High School Athletic Association.
Michigan State commit Thomas Kithier, a senior at Clarkston High School, was ruled ineligible to play his senior season by the MHSAA earlier this week, according to Spartan Nation’s Hondo Carpenter.
Kithier’s former school, Dakota High School, sent a complaint to the MHSAA that his transfer was athletically motivated, alleging that Kithier wanted to play alongside his friend and future teammate, Foster Loyer. The MHSAA subsequently ruled in favor of Dakota High.
Now, it appears the Kithier family is suing the MHSAA as well as Dakota High School:
Breaking News from Spartan Nation: @ThomasKithier & his family BANNED from playing basketball filing a lawsuit today against @MHSAA @macombdakota @Dakota_Cougars per Ven Johnson & Steve Fishman family attorneys.
— Hondo Carpenter (@HondoCarpenter) December 15, 2017
There’s no telling what this means for Kithier in terms of high school ball—the prospect of an expensive lawsuit might be enough for the MHSAA to change the ruling, who knows—but in the interim it is possible he could sign and enroll early at MSU in order to join the team in January.
Suffice it to say, the entire situation is a mess, and even head coach Tom Izzo voiced his displeasure upon hearing the ruling.
“I am not crazy about the ruling that I’ve heard,” Izzo said, per 247 Sports. “I think we’re archaic in our thinking on this. I think one way or another, this is going to bring some changes to how we look at it from the Michigan High School Athletic Association’s part.”
We’ll update the story as more information becomes available.