Michigan Wolverines gives Austin Hatch an unforgettable Senior Day

Michigan head coach John Beilein stands with Austin Hatch during senior day celebrations prior to all game against Ohio State. (AP Photo)

There are few players in basketball as inspiring as Michigan’s Austin Hatch.

The Fort Wayne, Indiana native survived two plane crashes in eight years in which he lost his mother, father, step-mother and siblings. The second crash — just before his freshman year in Ann Arbor — left him in a coma for eight weeks as he recovered from a brain injury.

While Hatch stepped away from basketball after three years with the Wolverines, he remained a student assistant with the team. So there was absolutely zero chance Michigan wasn’t going to include Hatch in Sunday’s Senior Day festivities.

Watch as a packed Crisler Center goes wild once the tribute to Hatch begins at around the 6:30 mark below.

On the CBS broadcast, play-by-play man Kevin Harlan also gave a tremendous shout out to Hatch and his perseverance.

Hatch won’t get to play against Ohio State with the rest of the team, but it’s hardly a game he’ll ever be able to forget.


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