Notebook: Austin Hatch Heading Home, Roe Retires, More

Dylan Burkhardt

Austin_Hatch_-t2p9[1]Brad Winton of spoke with Austin Hatch’s Canterbury head coach Dan Kline last night and tweeted some very encouraging news on the Fort Wayne native’s condition:

Per Caterbury HS head coach (and close friend) Dan Kline… Michigan recruit Austin Hatch will come home Oct. 9. Kline said rehab went amazing.

This is obviously just the start of the battle for Hatch, who was hospitalized just over three months ago after a tragic plane crash that killed his immediate family, but it’s the most positive news from the last three months. Updates remain very minimal on Hatch’s Caring Bridge but traveling home is a major step in his recovery.

Delvon Roe Hangs it Up

Five or six years ago Delvon Roe was one of the top ten prep prospects in the country, wowing scouts with his size, athleticism and motor. Roe eventually committed to Michigan State over North Carolina and Michigan before injuring his knee, tearing the meniscus and chipping his knee cap, midway through his senior season. Anyone that saw Roe play before the injury will tell you that he was never the same player after the injuries but he always battled. Roe played in nearly every game at Michigan State despite constantly suffering through pain and having to have his knee drained.

Yesterday afternoon, Roe finally called it quits.

“This is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make. It feels that I’ve been playing through pain throughout my career at MSU, but the daily grind of basketball – the running, cutting, jumping – has finally taken its toll given the intensity required to play at our level. I started playing basketball because I loved the game, but the pain has taken that away and forced me to always think about just getting through the next few minutes or the next game. I don’t want to just `get through’ anymore. I’ve played on a leg and a half for most of my career, and that’s not fair to my teammates as they go through the daily grind.”

It’s hard not to feel for a player like Roe, a classy kid that has played through significant pain for the last three seasons without complaining. Roe’s decision also causes more problems for Michigan State, who already lost Garrick Sherman to transfer, in the front court. The Spartans will be forced to rely on a relatively unproven trio of Derrick Nix, Adreian Payne and Alex Gauna at the five position.

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  • A2JD

    Wishing Austin all the best!

  • Lankownia

    It’s a lot harder to hate MSU when they have kids like Roe and Green.  Bring back Z-Bo!

  • Mattski

    Is there any suggestion that Hatch will ever get back to the hardwood? Either way, if the young man ever even attends a UM basketball game he is going to receive the most emotional and heartfelt standing o. . . 

    • Coldnjl

      Everything at this point is icing…it took him months to get out of the hospital. Unfortunatley, I don’t think he will play for us…
      To answer your question directly though, no one knows

    • Sven187

      He’ll be fine.

  • GregGoBlue

    That PDC looks so gooooooood. I can’t wait to see the inside of it.

  • FGCU Maize Rage

    I’ve been thinking about the McGary recruitment a lot recently. All of these “insider” reports claim that we are in really good shape, top 2, etc. But this is a 17-year-old kid who could EASILY change his mind in one minute for some random reason. As much as I love these reports that we are ahead of others in his recruitment, I’m also trying really hard to NOT read too much into this.

    …Then again, I actually have not fully read these articles, so maybe there’s more to it then meets the eye. But I don’t know. I’ll start believing this stuff as the commitment date gets closer.

    • sane1

      Mitch is actually 19 and will be 20 when he plays his first year of college ball. That being said, what you say is true, but his personal relationship with the UK coaches, for instance, is minimal, and, while he could be blown away at the Midnight Madness, I don’t see him going in that direction when he sits down with mom and dad to make a decision. I’m not saying that he wouldn’t pick a school other than Michigan, but I don’t think his decision will be based on a random factor or emotion. 

    • maxwell’s demon

      I’ve also been hearing that we are in great shape and probably lead for him, but I’m still skeptical. I really don’t have a good reason to be, I guess it just seems too good to be true.

  • Per Sam Webb on twitter. Bo Zeigler (2013) has rescheduled his Indiana visit and will be in Ann Arbor. Drake Harris (2014) is also expected to be in Ann Arbor (his third visit this fall) and John Beilein was at his football game last night.

  • kainkitizen

    Sherron Dorsey Walker is off the boards and has commited to Iowa State by  Is this new News or old news? 

    • sane1

      Old news, but many may not be aware of it. 

  • We’ll have a lot more tomorrow but there are numerous extremely positive reports about Michigan and Mitch McGary out there. For now the concrete news is that Mitch is cancelling all future visits and wants to decide within the next 30 days.