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October 2011

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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������ basketball recruiting Hatch is still recovering from a June plane crash that left him with a serious head injury, but he continues to make encouraging progress. photo courtesy tionally) and Fishers (Ind.) Hamilton Southeastern wing Zak Irvin (6-6,'s No. 54 player nationally). Any discussion of the four players starts with Hatch, though. The guard is still recovering from a June plane crash that claimed the lives of his father and stepmother and left him with a serious head injury. Hatch seems likely to reclassify to the class of 2014 depending on the speed of his recovery, but that���s irrelevant in the overall picture. Hatch���s family continues to update his recovery on CaringBridge.Org, and recent reports have been encouraging. ���Austin has had another successful week of therapy,��� they wrote Sept.��15. ���His progress appears to be accelerating. As one family member says, ���Every day is a great day.��� ���While he misses his parents deeply, he emulates their example in his humility, genuine care and concern for others and his steadfast faith. His visitors this past week were especially encouraging to him. He ate Buffalo Wild Wings, one of his favorites, during the exciting Michigan football victory last Saturday [over Notre Dame].��� 2011 holiday gift guide Great gift ideas for your Wolverine fans! Watch for The Wolverine Holiday Gift Guide in early November for great gifts for that special Michigan Fan on your list. To find out how you can advertise your product or service in The Wolverine Holiday Gift Guide, contact Dave Searcy. Call toll free: 800-421-7751 Email: | Fax: 919-682-1532 76��� the wolverine��� ������ October 2011 The family reported more steady improvement in all dimensions a week later. ���While there are tough moments, he responds quickly by keeping his eye on the prize ��� getting home ASAP,��� they wrote. ���This week, he started aquatic therapy in a pool where he can practice ���running��� in a safe manner. He dearly misses his friends and schoolmates and is thankful he has access to a cell phone to keep in touch. He makes so many calls, we���ve had to set a 10:00 p.m. phone curfew.��� Of all Michigan���s positive recent recruiting news these days ��� and there���s plenty ��� none is as uplifting as this. Michigan Watching Class Of 2013 Big Man With U-M Ties College basketball coaches have been visiting schools over the last few weeks to check in on prospects, in the class of 2012 and beyond. Michigan���s John Beilein and assistant Bacari Alexander stopped by Saxtons River (Vt.) Vermont Academy last week to see class of 2013 standout big man Dominic Woodson. Woodson (6-9, 255), originally of Round Rock (Texas) High, is in his first year with Jesse Bopp���s Vermont Academy program. The member of former U-M standout Ray Jackson���s Rising Stars AAU program has been fitting in well, Bopp said. ���He���s a really good kid that takes a lot of pride in doing his schoolwork and making people recognize that he works hard,��� Bopp said. ���He wants to do well, and he cares about doing well. I���ve been really pleased with his ability to fit in and coexist. ���He���s doing fine being away from home. He���s living with a kid in his second year with us who���s from Baltimore and who went through what Dominic���s going through, a similar transition. I think that really has played a key role in Dominic���s acclimation to our environment, and certainly the culture of our team, as well.��� Woodson,���s No.�� 89 junior nationally, earned offers from UConn, Michigan State and others after an outstanding summer. He���s continued to show off his skills in Vermont. ���I would say he���s extremely physical for his age,��� Bopp said. ���A lot

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