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Austin Hatch committed to play basketball for the Michigan Wolverines after his sophomore season at Fort Wayne Canterbury High back on June 15, 2011. However, just nine days later, Austin’s path to Division I college hoops was interrupted by tragedy.
Eight years after surviving a plane crash that claimed the lives of his mother and two siblings, Austin survived another plane crash that claimed the lives of his father and stepmother. He was now a double plane crash survivor who, at the age of 17, had already experience more tragedy than most people experience in a lifetime.
However, after sitting out two years, Austin returned to basketball this past January. Granted an extra year of high school eligibility by the California Interscholastic Federation, he played for Loyola High in Los Angeles as a fifth-year senior, while Michigan announced that they planned to honor the scholarship he was previously offered.
And that brings us to last night. Michigan played their final exhibition game of the college hoops preseason against Wayne State, coach John Beilein got 20-year-old freshman Austin Hatch into the game, and he scored his first point for the Wolverines.
Then he got a standing ovation from the crown and a hug from his coach.
Take a look:
You want to talk about perseverance? That’s perseverance.
Good luck this year, Austin Hatch.