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Michigan Commit Austin Hatch Cleared for Basketball

Tom Giglio – US Presswire

Michigan’s 2014 commitment Austin Hatch has been cleared to return to limited basketball activities, with his high school team.

This comes after a long and painful road of tragedies for Hatch.  His mother and siblings were both killed in a plane crash in 2003, that Hatch survived.  That is horrible enough for it to be considered a tragic young life for the three star recruit.  Then in 2011, Hatch was involved in yet another plane crash.  This one killed his father and stepmother, yet once again spared Hatch his own life.

It did leave the young basketball player in a coma, with punctured lung and brain damage.  Even worse, his entire immediate family was dead, from plane crashes he was involved in.

Hatch said, “The most difficult thing is just missing my biological family, because I’m the only one left. I wish there was an instructional manual in how to deal with this kind of loss”, to the Associated Press.

Now the good news has started to come in for Hatch.  Hatch has been committed to Michigan since before the second crash, and coach John Beilein has stuck with him, through all of the trauma.

So, when it was announced that Hatch could finally return to basketball it was a big for both Hatch and the Wolverines.

In a press release Hatch’s school stated,  “Austin Hatch has been conditionally released by his medical team to begin practicing with the Canterbury High School basketball program. The first official practice is today, however, Austin is limited to the types of drills he can participate in at this time. Although everyone is encouraged by the progress he continues to make, Austin and his family ask that you do not approach him for interviews at this time.”

This statement makes it very clear that Hatch still has a long way to go before he is back to 100%.  However, it is a great news for the long time Michigan recruit, who has been through so much, and finally is back to basketball.