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Michigan's Hatch to earn national honor for courage

The Detroit News

Michigan freshman Austin Hatch, who survived two plane crashes in which he lost his parents and two siblings, has been named the recipient of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association's Most Courageous Award.

Hatch will receive the honor at the USBWA's annual awards event April 6 at the Final Four in Indianapolis.

In 2003, a plane crash killed his mother, older sister and younger brother, while he and his father survived. Eight years later, a second crash killed his father and stepmother, leaving Hatch in a coma with a traumatic brain injury.

"Neither of those tragedies, however, is what makes Hatch courageous," the USBWA wrote in its news release. "It's because of how he's lived his life since, fighting to overcome both his own physical hardships and emotional challenges, and also embracing his new opportunities."

Hatch has played in four games this season for the Wolverines.