Michigan recruit improving after crash

The condition of Michigan basketball recruit Austin Hatch — who was critically injured in a plane crash that killed his father and stepmother — continues to improve, with his family saying Saturday that concern over brain swelling had subsided.

"We are encouraged by Austin’s response to the excellent medical care he is receiving, a testament to his prior athletic training regimen," the family said in a statement on CaringBridge.com, a nonprofit organization that helps families share information during major health challenges.

On Friday, the family said Hatch, 16, had begun the "waking up" process at the Munson Medical Center in Traverse City, Mich., after being in a drug-induced coma for a week.

The June 24 single-engine plane crash in Charlevoix, Mich., on Friday was the second fatal plane crash for the Hatch family. Austin and his father survived a crash in 2003 that killed his mother and two siblings.

Hatch, who is from Fort Wayne, Ind., and still has two years of high school remaining, made a verbal commitment last month to be part of the Wolverines’ 2013 recruiting class.