Family: Michigan basketball commit Austin Hatch unlikely to play this season
The family of Fort Wayne Canterbury guard and 2013 Michigan basketball commit Austin Hatch released a statement Tuesday with regard to his availability this season.
WANE TV in Fort Wayne, Ind., obtained the statement. It reads:
"Austin continues to make great strides in his rehabilitation; this first year is vital to the recovery process," the statement begins. "As a result, it is unlikely that Austin's physicians will clear him to play basketball this season."
After spending three months at Munson Medical Center in Traverse City following a plane crash that took the life of both his father and step mother, Hatch was released from the hospital in October.
The 6-foot-6 Hatch averaged 23.3 points and 9.3 rebounds last season at Canterbury and committed to be part of Michigan's 2013 recruiting class this past summer.
Wolverines coach John Beilein is unable to comment on the situation per NCAA rule, because Hatch is an unsigned recruit.