hardaway_tim_2011[1]Team USA Struggles

Early returns from Lithuania are not encouraging. Team USA’s exhibition losses will either serve as a wake up call or the Americans are going to be in for a long trip to Latvia for the FIBA U19 World Championships. The Americans lost a pair of exhibition games to Lithuanian U19 and U20 squads, 108-75 and 101-72, respectively.

After a strong performance in the first exhibitionTim Hardaway Jr. struggled in the second game, going 0 for 8 from the field and notching just five points, four steals and three turnovers. Jonas Valunciunas returned from the NBA draft festivities to dominate the American squad, scoring 23 points in 25 minutes.

Team USA will open the World Championships on Thursday with a 9am (eastern) game versus Egypt. Future group play games include Serbia on July 1st (9 am eastern) and China on July 2nd (11:15 am eastern).

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Austin Hatch Makes Progress, Continues to Fight

Many commenters and readers have asked how they are able to provide support for Austin and his family. Right now, the best way is to post a message on Austin’s Caring Bridge website. There will also be updates on Austin’s condition posted to the website, here’s the latest:

Austin is still in ICU.  His condition remains critical but stable.  A recent CT Scan shows no worsening in his condition.  The major objective is to minimize stimulation to allow him to heal.  His Care Team is limiting visitors to immediate family only to aid in his healing.  The family sincerely appreciates all thoughts and prayers.

Austin is still not completely out of his medically induced coma, but most signs were encouraging today as he reportedly moved all four extremities and is moving in the right direction:

“I’m sure he will be in a coma for a few more days as they continue to work on him. But they think he’s out of the woods. They didn’t know initially if he was going to make it but I think he will make it now and we’re praising God for that,” said [Blackhawk Teaching Pastor Steve] Webster.

Dave Telep reports that the Michigan staff will be able to visit Austin and provide the necessary support by attending funerals. One of Austin’s best friends from high school emphasizes that Austin is a fighter and will make it through this ordeal:

“He’s definitely one of the toughest guys I know,” said VanHorn, 16. “We’ve known each other our whole lives. If there’s anyone who can make it through this tragedy … it’s definitely him.”.

257953760-27111654[1]The Hatch family was flying with both of their family dogs and one canine miraculously escaped the accident unharmed. Brady was picked up by the Humane Society on Monday afternoon after someone called in a report of a stray dog and they were able to identify him by his microchip:

“They put two and two together,” Whitley said, and concluded that Brady must have also been on the plane.

Whitley said the police were notified and a friend of the Hatch family picked Brady up Sunday.

“It’s an absolute miracle,” Whitley said of Brady’s survival and apparent absence of injuries. “Our thoughts are, this is (Austin’s) dog, this will maybe be one little bright spot in an otherwise horribly horrific situation,” she said.

Video Interview: Zak Irvin at 2011 USSFA High School Shootout

Zak Irvin and his Hamilton Southeastern team took the floor this weekend for the 2011 USSFA High School Shootout. Saturday the Royals competed in pool play at Warren Central, finishing in second place and landing in Sunday’s second place bracket. On Sunday, Hamilton Southeastern was forced to take the floor without star 2012 guard Gary Harris, who was out of town at the Kevin Durant Skills Camp.

UM Hoops was in attendance as Irvin and company took on Broad Ripple in the semi-finals of their bracket. Hamilton Southeastern fell to Broad Ripple who was led by 18 points from 2012 Indiana commitment Ron Patterson. Irvin tallied 11 points in the loss, struggling with his shooting from deep, but doing his best to score from the mid-range and near the basket. UM Hoops caught up with Irvin after the game for an interview that you can check out below in the embedded media player:

Check out Inside the Hall for a report on Irvin’s play on Saturday.

Tim Hardaway Jr. Scores 18 in Team USA Exhibition Loss

4acf6bbf-e[1]The USA U19 World Championship team played its first exhibition game in Europe this afternoon, falling to Lithuania’s U20 squad. The American squad showed signs of jetlag as they fell behind 32-8 in the first quarter, while shooting just 2 of 15 from the floor. After managing to cut the deficit to 72-55 through three quarters, Lithuania pulled away in the fourth and won the game by a final score of 101-72. (Photo: USA Basketball)

Tim Hardaway Jr. had 18 points in the loss with 16 coming in the second half. He was the leading scorer for Team USA and converted on 7 of 18 field goal attempts (2-8 3pt), grabbed four rebounds and handed out three assists. (Box score)

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The Latest on Austin Hatch

austinhatch[1]Both the Detroit Free Press and Greg Jones of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette posted updates on Austin Hatch’s current condition. (Photo: National Hoops Report)

Greg Jones tweeted that the plan is to bring Hatch out of his medically induced coma on Monday. Mark Snyder added this quote from Hatch’s high school coach:

“Everything’s kind of the same,” Kline said. “Today’s an important day. This is the 48-hour range and they’re trying to keep the stimulation down (on the brain) to see if the swelling goes down. The plan right now is to bring him out of the medicine (Monday.)”

“They’re optimistic and pulling for him,” Kline said. “They said he looks like the same Austin.”

Snyder has several other quotes from Hatch’s coach which emphasize just how much support he’s received from around the country. Coaches and athletic directors from around the country have reached out and even tweeted support. Michigan State forward Russell Byrd made to trip up to Traverse City and is visiting Hatch at the hospital.

Perhaps one of the most unfortunate and painful aspects of the situation is the lack of support that the University of Michigan is able to provide to Hatch, per NCAA rules. Make no mistake about it, the Michigan staff will do all that’s allowed but NCAA rules surrounding contact and support of prospective student athletes still apply in this situation.

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.

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