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Preps Plus


Michigan coach talks about Hatch

Austiin Hatch may never play basketball for Michigan, but that doesn't mean he won't be a part of the team.

The former Canterbury standout signed a letter of intent with the Wolverines this week, two years after surviving his second plane wreck.

Hatch is spending a fifth year at Loyola High School in Pasadena, Calif.

"Austin is a consummate, high IQ player, who is an excellent shooter," Michigan coach John Beilein said in a statement on the school's athletic website. "He sees the floor and his teammates well and has great leadership capabilities. We are excited to have him back and playing basketball again. We expect Austin to be an important part of Michigan Basketball during all of his years at Michigan."

He didn't play the last two seasons after injuries suffered in the second plane crash in 2011.

As a sophomore, Hatch helped Canterbury to a sectional championship and a 17-5 record by averaging 23 points and nine rebounds.

High School Sports Editor Greg Jones on prep sports.