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June 26, 2011Michigan class of 2013 basketball commitment Austin Hatch of Fort Wayne (Ind.) Canterbury is "holding his own" after surviving a small plane crash that killed his father and his stepmother, Canterbury head coach Dan Kline reported late Sunday afternoon. Dozens of friends have joined family members in Traverse City, Mich. to offer their support to the 6-6 junior shooting guard.
"If everything progresses today and tonight like it has been, they expect to bring him out of his induced coma tomorrow," Kline said.
Doctors continue to try to keep the stimulation on the brain down to see if the swelling will subside. Though friends and family are optimistic, doctors still don't have an idea how severely Hatch has been affected by the head injury. He also suffered fractures to his ribs and clavicles.
"They know it's not gotten any worse there's no blood on it, and there's no need for an immediate surgery of any type," said Kline. "Now we're waiting. The plan is still to bring him out of the coma tomorrow."
Kline plans to make the trip to Traverse City tomorrow.
As has been widely reported, Hatch and his father survived a 2003 plane crash in which he lost his brother, sister and mother. Coaches from around the country have reached out to offer their condolences, Kline said, in an amazing show of support.
Hatch pledged to Michigan in mid-June just hours after receiving an offer from head coach John Beilein.
"My family, Coach Kline, and I are very excited about the opportunity to play for Michigan. With a world class academic setting, the Big Ten Conference, great coaching, and a winning culture, Ann Arbor fits perfectly," Hatch said after committing in an email release forwarded by his father.
"Coach Beilein has been wonderful in the recruiting process and assistant coach Jeff Meyer and I have made a great connection. I like their emphasis on faith, integrity, and team. They like my versatility and leadership."
Hatch will undoubtedly lean on his U-M family for support during his recovery.
We'll continue to provide more on Hatch as we get it in the hours and days to come.