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Michigan’s Austin Hatch to receive USBWA’s 2015 Most Courageous Award

Austin Hatch

Michigan guard Austin Hatch (30) makes a free throw in the second half of an NCAA college basketball exhibition game against Wayne State at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., Monday, Nov. 10, 2014. Michigan won 86-43. Hatch is a two-time airplane crash survivor who lost all of his immediate family members. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)


Michigan freshman Austin Hatch will receive the 2015 USBWA’s Most Courageous Award at a luncheon at the Final Four on April 6, the USBWA announced on Monday.

The 6-foot-6 Hatch survived two plane crashes during his life, losing family members in both of them, and also going through two months in a coma with a traumatic brain injury following the second crash.

The freshman has been an inspiration to basketball fans across the world this season by continuing to work hard for the Michigan basketball program while overcoming his difficult past. Hatch has appeared in four games this season as a scholarship player for the Wolverines and scored his first career point in a Dec. 22 game against Coppin State.

Past winners of the USBWA’s Most Courageous Award can be viewed here.

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