Ann Arbor is 1,973 miles from Las Vegas, but the Wolverines sure can double-down.
Stealing a page from the playbook of football coach Brady Hoke, the Wolverines head basketball coach, John Beilein, secured a pair of commitments from the Wolverines annual summer camp early this afternoon. Austin Hatch, 6-foot-6, 215-pounds, was one of those commitments. His father Steve caught up with GBW to comment.
"He's a Michigan wing. He's 6-foot-6 and pushing 215-pounds," Steve told GBW. "He's a great shooter. He's a high IQ player. He moves well, he handles the ball well and just does a lot of different things. I think that's why Beilein likes him."
Earning News-Sentinel Northeast Player of the Year honors in the state of Indiana as just a sophomore, Hatch averaged 24 points and nine boards a game for Canterbury High School. The versatile 2013 recruit finished the year 57% from the floor, plus made good on 83% of his attempts from the free throw line.
Selecting Michigan early in the process, Hatch may be somewhat of an unknown to many. According to the family, though, the under the radar process was very much according to the plan for the family. Austin had interest in just three schools.
"Austin was only interested in a few schools," Mr. Hatch continued. "He wasn't making the rounds. He hadn't really made any of the serious unofficial visits. He had been to a few games here and there, but that's about it.
"Austin was interested in a few schools. Michigan was way up there. It was initially Michigan, Notre Dame or Virginia. Then, this week at camp, Michigan became the clear choice."
Through his family, Austin, who reports a 3.85 GPA through his first two years of high school, issued a statement on his commitment.
"My family, Coach Kline, and I are very excited about opportunity to play for Michigan. With a world class academic setting, the Big Ten Conference, great coaching, and a winning culture, Ann Arbor fits perfectly," Hatch said.
"Coach Beilein has been wonderful in the recruiting process and Assistant Coach Jeff Meyer and I have made a great connection. I like their emphasis on faith, integrity, and team. They like my versatility and leadership."
Steve Hatch Confirms Commitment
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