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Hatton joins the Tribe

Hatton joins the Tribe
Hatton joins the Tribe
North Harrison senior Langdon Hatton, front center, is flanked by his parents, Steve and Emily Hatton, at the signing of his letter of intent to continue his basketball career at the College of William & Mary. Joining them are, from left, North Harrison athletic director Hal Pearson, North Harrison principal Matt Kellems and North Harrison boys’ varsity coach Lou Lefevre. Photo by Ross Schulz
By Ross Schulz, Contributing Writer

North Harrison 6-foot-10 senior forward/center Langdon Hatton had plenty of offers to choose from when it came to taking his game to the collegiate level. In the end, with more than 20 scholarship offers from Division I schools, Hatton last week became a member of the Tribe. The Tribe, that is, of the College of William & Mary.

“The combination of the opportunity to play Division I basketball and get a great education was one I just couldn’t pass up,” Hatton said.

He said he plans to study actuarial science.

Hatton will lead the North Harrison Cougars in what he hopes will be a full and successful season.

“At this point, the most important thing would be playing an entire season,” Hatton said, referring to the fear of COVID-19 causing delays, disruptions and cancellations.

On the court, Hatton said the goal is simple: win a sectional championship.

North Harrison has not won a sectional championship since 1996, before class basketball was implemented.

The Cougars finished 18-6 a season ago, falling in the semifinals of sectional to 3A powerhouse Silver Creek.

Hatton averaged a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. He also contributed 2.5 assists per game and was a strong 74% from the free-throw line.

Located in Williamsburg, Va., William & Mary is the second oldest college in the United States, founded in 1693 by King William III and Queen Mary II of England. A small school with an enrollment of less than 7,000, it was ranked 39th in the Best Colleges and Universities publication.

The Tribe competes in the Colonial Athletic Association. Head coach Dane Fischer is in his first year with the program after serving as an assistant coach at George Mason University.

“Individually, I’d like to have a great college career, but, ultimately, as a team, I’d like to play in the NCAA tournament,” Hatton said.

William & Mary is one of four original Division I programs to never make the NCAA tournament (joining Army, The Citadel and St. Francis, N.Y.). Hatton could be a part of a historic team if they are able to make it.

William & Mary finished 21-10 a season ago, finishing second in the Colonial behind Hofstra University. As a No. 2 seed in the CAA tournament, the Tribe fell in an upset to No. 7-seeded Elon University.

As for his time at North Harrison, Hatton said he’ll always remember the friendships he’s developed and the support from the tight-knit community.

He said he contributes his success to hard work and his supporting cast.

“My family, friends and coaches have all helped me along the way to become a better player and all-around person,” he said.

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