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Beilein and assistant coach Jeff Meyer stuck with Hatch throughout his recovery, speaking frequently and maintain the Wolverines’ commitment.

“It’s exciting as can be that he’s going to have this opportunity to play organized basketball again,” Beilein said. “We just have to see how all this develops. … He makes us appreciate what we have a whole lot more, because this young man is just terrific to talk to, to speak with _ to sort of put our lives in perspective sometimes.”

Hatch intends to play for Loyola this season, but he won’t get back on the court until he’s ready to take more than a symbolic step. He could have suited up for Canterbury last year, but declined until he raised his game back to a suitable level.

“I still need to work on my fundamentals,” Hatch said. “What was once second nature, as a result of the brain injury, I have to think about stuff on the court that I really shouldn’t have to think about. That’s just going to take time. I’ve tried to practice things the right way. I’ve been working very hard since I could work at anything when I got out of the hospital bed.”


AP Sports Writer Noah Trister in Ann Arbor, Mich., contributed to this report.