The Wolverine

February 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  basketball recruiting Austin Hatch Is Closer To Returning By Chris Balas Michigan's three class of 2013 signees continue to excel during their senior years. Harper Woods (Mich.) Chandler Park Academy's Derrick Walton is stating his case as one of the elite point guards in his class, Fishers (Ind.) Hamilton Southeastern wing Zak Irvin might be the top player in his talent-rich state and Whitehouse (Ohio) Anthony Wayne big man Mark Donnal recently notched a double-double. The best recruiting news of the year, however, comes from Fort Wayne, Ind., where Canterbury High's Austin Hatch (6-6, Rivals. com three-star nationally) continues to recover from a serious head injury suffered in a June  2011 plane crash that claimed the lives of his father and stepmother. Hatch has yet to play at a competitive level, but he's inching closer. He reclassified to the class of 2014 after being granted a waiver from the Indiana High School Athletic Association. "Austin has been released to do everything in practice, short of fiveon-five, full-court play," Canterbury head coach Scott Kreiger told "He can play five-on-five half-court, and he can run structured full-court drills. That tells you how close he might be. He's come a long way from the accident to where he is now." Hatch was U-M's first pledge in the class, joining Donnal in committing Hatch, a shooting guard from Fort Wayne (Ind.) Canterbury who had committed to Michigan before being seriously injured in a plane crash in June 2011, has been cleared to participate in his high school team's practices. photo courtesy on the day he was offered. He spent four months in the hospital in Traverse City, Mich., recovering from his injuries suffered in the accident. Michigan head coach John Beilein has said he'd honor Hatch's scholarship regardless of whether or not he could play again. "The kid works so hard," Krieger said. "He has just an amazing attitude. He's an unbelievable story, and when you get to meet the kid and understand what he's all about and how he's put together, it's even

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