Hatch Family Involved in Tragic Plane Crash

349896700-24203431[1]2013 commitment Austin Hatch and his family were involved in a tragic plane crash Friday evening near Charlevoix, MI.

The Indiana News Center is reporting that Austin’s father, Stephen Hatch, and his wife Kim were killed in the crash while Austin survived the accident and has been hospitalized in Traverse City in serious condition.

This is the second time that the Hatch family has been involved in a plane crash. In 2003, Stephen Hatch was piloting a plane from Michigan to Fort Wayne which clipped a power pole. Austin was eight at the time but survived the crash. His mother, Julie, 11-year old sister Lindsay and 5-year old brother Ian were killed in the first crash. (Photo: Petoskey News)

Update: Here’s the latest on Hatch’s condition from the Indiana News Center, via a family friend:

“I got off the phone with a good friend of ours, Dr. Bob VanHorn, and he and his wife Renee were at the hospital today. Bob said that they had induced coma and he’s currently resting comfortably. He does have some broken bones. From what Bob told me, he’s got some broken ribs and clavicle. He did fracture his leg, but he said that there’s nothing that needs to be done as far as casting or pins, that type of thing. Both of his lungs are punctured from what I understand, but they’ve got that under control. The most important thing right now that they’re monitoring is that he has a fractured skull and he has some swelling on the brain.”

Michigan head coach John Beilein gave this statement on the crash:

“We are saddened to hear about another tragedy that has affected the Hatch family,” said Beilein. “Austin needs as much support right now as possible and I know he will be in the thoughts and prayers of the Michigan family during this difficult time.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with Austin and his family.

Los Angeles Lakers Select Darius Morris with No. 41 Pick

The Los Angeles Lakers selected Darius Morris with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. Morris averaged 15 points and seven assists during his sophomore season before entering his name in the NBA Draft.

Second round picks are not guaranteed contracts but Morris was the first pick of the draft for the Lakers, who didn’t have a first round draft pick. The Lakers used their other second round picks on Andrew Goudelock (College of Charleston) and Ater Majok (formerly of UConn). The other point guards currently on the Laker roster are Steve Blake and Derek Fisher. Shannon Brown has opted for free agency but could also return to Los Angeles.

Morris’s primary goal was to be picked in the first round but he couldn’t ask for a much better scenario as a second round pick. The Lakers don’t have a lot of point guard options going forward and Morris will have the opportunity to play in his hometown.
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2011 NBA Draft Open Thread

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Tonight is the big night for former Michigan point guard Darius Morris. Most mock drafts have Morris projected to be selected somewhere between the late first and early second rounds. We will be following along and wanted to open up the comments for any draft talk throughout the day.

Basics:

  • Time: 7:30 pm eastern
  • TV: ESPN

Latest Mock Drafts:

2012 Q&A: Sherron Dorsey-Walker Recaps U-M Visit

Sherron Dorsey-Walker picked up a Michigan offer last October but most wiped him off the radar after Michigan landed a commitment from wing guard Nick Stauskas. The 2012 guard has played well this spring with the REACH Legends, lighting up the Mac Irvin Fire for over 30 points when we saw him play at Spiece, and is apparently back on the radar with a twist: the Michigan staff wants him to play point guard.

Dorsey-Walker recently took an unofficial visit to Michigan and we caught up with him to discuss his visit and his feelings on potentially playing the point guard position.

On the main schools recruiting him: Michigan, Baylor, Indiana, Florida State, Iowa State, Minnesota, Tennessee, Xavier, Temple, Dayton, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Central Michigan and Oakland.

On which schools have offered: All of them have offered except for Tennessee and Temple.

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Wednesday Quick Hitters

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  • Tim Hardaway Jr. scored in double figures as Team USA scrimmaged Air Force. He discussed the try-outs with the Free Press here. (Photo: USA Basketball)
  • Sherron Dorsey-Walker took an unofficial visit to Michigan yesterday, which he discussed with Heard this Blog. Sherron plans to take the next step in his recruitment after the July period, we’ll have more with him later. The last time we saw Sherron, he was knocking down threes from all over the court in a terrific performance at Spiece.
  • Derrick Walton and Steve Haney both visited Notre Dame yesterday but the Irish did not extend a scholarship offer to Walton. Demetrius Jackson was also on the move, visiting Michigan State yesterday with upcoming trips to Michigan and Indiana.
  • Tomorrow is the big day for Darius Morris, who’s stock has fluctuated significantly on draft boards, as he will find out his NBA fate. Seth Davis solicited scouting reports on the top-40 draft prospects and here’s a snippet of D-Mo’s report: “Shoot, he’s not bad at all. In my mind, he’s better than Nolan Smith or Shelvin Mack.” Adrian Wojnarowski notes that Morris’s name is picking up buzz in NBA circles, on the other hand he’s been falling on the popular mock drafts.
  • The internet has been buzzing with news that 2013 wing Zak Irvin could be close to making a decision. We reported back at Spiece that Irvin was high on the Wolverines and don’t have any reason to believe that’s changed. Will the youngster make his decision before July? We’ll just have to see.
  • Zak Irvin and Austin Hatch will participate in the IBCA Showcase this July, a camp featuring the top prospects in Indiana during the live evaluation period.

Around the Big Ten: June 21st, 2011

big-ten-logo-pentagram[1]Off-season news and notes from around the conference.

Illinois: Illinois picked up a late commitment from a 6-foot-8 240lb center, Ibrahima Djimde, but he’s still waiting to find out whether he’s been cleared. Meyers Leonard made the USA U19 World Championship team along with Tim Hardaway Jr.

Indiana: The Hoosiers hired Calbert Cheaney as their new Director of Basketball Operations. 2012 commitment Hanner Perea is also very good at dunking. The Hoosiers also picked up a late commitment from combo guard Remy Abell.

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