Michigan recruit Austin Hatch stars on comeback after surviving second plane crash

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High school basketball player Austin Hatch is one remarkable human being.

The 6ft-6in Michigan recruit, a survivor of two plane crashes that killed five members of his family, returned to the basketball ball court at Loyola High this week.

A 2003 crash claimed the lives of his mother, 11-year-old sister and five-year-old brother. Another plane crash eight years later took his father and stepmother.

He had committed to play for Michigan under John Beilein after an impressive high school career at Fort Wayne Canterbury High in Indiana but spent close to eight weeks in a medically induced coma as a result of his injuries after the 2011 crash.

Hatch moved to Los Angeles last summer, and the 19-year-old enrolled at Loyola High - with Michigan promising to honour the offer of a scholarship.

According to ESPN, he made his way onto the court this week after weeks of time spent in the gym, and promptly swished his first shot in the fourth quarter.

As you can imagine, the whole place went crazy as teammates and coaches stormed the court - earning a technical in the process.

"It was the best technical foul I've ever been a part of," Adams told the Los Angeles Times.

"He hit a three, and our bench erupted. It was unbelievable what that kid has gone through and how hard he's worked.

"That kid has taught me you can come back from anything, that nothing is impossible. It was a spiritual moment."

And on Twitter, Hatch said: "As I said after the game, my three was pretty cool, but, more importantly, we're now 14-0."

Best sports story of January, hands down.

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