Michigan recruit Austin Hatch cleared to practice, still unsure if he'll play prep hoops this season
ANN ARBOR -- Michigan basketball recruit Austin Hatch is finally returning to the court.
A family spokesman told MLive.com Monday that Hatch -- a Fort Wayne, Ind. native who was involved in a tragic 2011 plane crash -- has received conditional clearance to return to practice with his high school team, Fort Wayne Canterbury.
The news was first reported by UMHoops.com.
The family spokesman said Hatch would be participating in "about half" of his teams drills Monday, which is the first day Indiana high school basketball teams are able to practice.
It's still unclear if Hatch will play this season for Canterbury.
"We're taking each day as it comes," the spokesman said. "He's making great progress, but we're not looking any further than today."
In September, the Indiana High School Athletic Association gave Hatch an unprecedented fifth year of eligibility on the court due to the 2011 crash, which killed both his father and step mother.
With that, Hatch plans to now sign a letter of intent to become part of Michigan's 2014 class, and says Michigan coach John Beilein still fully intends on honoring his scholarship with the Wolverines.
Originally a three-star prospect for the 2013 group, the 6-foot-6 Hatch put up 23.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game as a sophomore in 2010-11. He was offered by Michigan that summer, and committed on June 15.
A little more than a week later, Hatch was involved in the plane crash before spending nearly four months in Traverse City's Munson Medical Center. He was eventually released and allowed to go back to school in Fort Wayne.