Austin Hatch checking into the game for the first time (Michigan Athletics)

Michigan freshman discusses his return to the basketball court (VIDEO)

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In Michigan’s win over the Perugia Select Team on Sunday, freshman guard Austin Hatch saw his first action as a Wolverine. Hatch played just three minutes in that blowout victory, but his appearance on the court represented a significant step forward for a young man who’s been through a lot in his young life.

In two separate plane crashes Hatch lost his parents and siblings, and in aftermath of the second crash doctors feared that Hatch wouldn’t ever play basketball again. Friday morning Hatch appeared on the “Today Show,” discussing his path on Ann Arbor with NBC News’ Maris Shriver.

VIDEO: Marshawn Wilson dunks over teammate

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Marshawn Wilson, a freshman guard, made a pretty good first impression to Northern Illinois fans, jumping over 6-foot-8 teammate, Jaylen Key, on Thursday night during the Hukies’ midnight madness.

Wilson is five inches shorter.

The Huskies are coming off a 14-18 (8-10 MAC) season. Northern Illinois begins the 2015-16 campaign against Cal State Northridge on Nov. 13, the first of three games in as many days.

VIDEO Ron Hunter dances at Georgia State’s midnight madness

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Georgia State’s Ron Hunter appears to have recovered from the Achilles tendon tear he suffered last March while celebrating the Panthers winning the Sun Belt Conference Tournament title.

On Thursday night, at the third annual GSU Jam, Hunter broke out the dance moves to the song “Hit The Quan” by iHeart Memphis.

Georgia State went on to defeat No. 3 seed Baylor in the Round of 64, thanks to a game-winning three from Hunter’s son, R.J. That shot made for one of the best moments of March Madness, as Ron Hunter fell of his rolling chair in disbelief.

R.J. Hunter is nowa a rookie with the Boston Celtics. Ron Hunter enters his fifth season with the Panthers.