ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Austin Hatch, the Michigan freshman who is playing for the Wolverines after surviving two tragic plane crashes, will receive the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s Most Courageous Award for 2015.
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After he survived two plane crashes that devastated his family, doctors weren’t sure about Austin Hatch’s future. But this fall, the 20-year-old enrolled at the University of Michigan and took his place on the Wolverines’ basketball team. Story
Hatch lost family members in both crashes. He was in a coma for about eight weeks after the second one, which took place in 2011. His father and stepmother died in that accident.
Michigan coach John Beilein honored Hatch’s scholarship, and he scored his first collegiate point in December, making a free throw against Coppin State.
Hatch will be honored April 6 in Indianapolis at the USBWA’s annual awards function at the Final Four. Hatch was a high school basketball standout in Indiana.