After fighting a chronic back problem, Austin Peay center Matt Hasse‘s basketball career will come to an early close. According to a release from the University, Hasse will remain as a student assistant for the 2013-14 season.
“It is unfortunate for Matt to see his career to end this way,” Austin Peay head coach Dave Loos said. “He experienced discomfort during last season. It got progressively worse as the season progressed. I remember in our shoot-around at Liberty that Matt went up for a shot and never released the ball—it (the back) got him.”
“Matt has been a really good guy in the program—he always has been very positive—and gave everything he had,” Loos added. “I think if you would poll our players for best teammate he would be right there in the conversation.”
Hasse played in 19 games in 2012-13. He initially injured his back on January 19th against Eastern Illinois. He sat out three games before playing three minutes against Tennessee State on February 7th, re-aggravating the injury. After missing another three games, Hasse re-aggravated his injury once again during shoot-around prior to the SIUE game on February 16th.
It’s always sad to see a player’s career come to an end before it should, but it’s great that Hasse will get a chance to be with the team next season. Hasse is hoping to pursue coaching after college, and this could get him off to a great start.