Canterbury High School basketball standout Austin Hatch has taken yet another step toward becoming the athlete that he once was today.
A survivor of an airplane crash in June of last year, Hatch was conditionally released by his medical team to begin practicing with the Cavaliers basketball program.
The first official practice was today, however, Austin was limited to the types of drills he can participate in at this time.
Hatch was named as The News-Sentinel Player of the Year in the spring of 2011 following a strong season in which he averaged over 23 points and nine rebounds per game.
That summer, he fulfilled a lifelong dream and was offered a scholarship to play at Michigan, his parents' alma mater. Shortly thereafter, Hatch was travelling in a private plane with his father and step-mother when it crashed and he was the lone survivor.
Hatch, who was in a medically induced coma and missed an entire school year, was granted an extra year of eligibility this fall by the IHSAA. He will now be a junior in the 2012-2013 season and a senior the following year.
His commitment to the University of Michigan will still be honored as a member of the Class of 2014.
He chose the Wolverines over Indiana, Notre Dame and Virginia. So far, Hatch is the lone member of Michigan's Class of 2014.