Former Lapeer West standout guard Chris Hutton has overcome more in the past couple years than many players will in their entire careers. Hutton, who has returned to play for Albion College after two traumatic injuries, is one of the hardest-working players I’ve ever been around.
If you’re a player and you want to model your game after someone, I’d suggest you look at this man.
Two potentially life-changing injuries temporarily halted Hutton’s basketball journey but he didn’t allow them to completely block his advancement in life or the sport. Hutton nearly lost three fingers on his right shooting hand in the summer of 2011 and tore his ACL and meniscus in his leg after rehabbing for the hand injury this past summer.
This year, Hutton has played in seven games and averages 8.6 points per game despite missing all of last season.
Albion is currently 4-13 overall, but Hutton has averaged 16 points over the past three games and started in the previous two match-ups. He scored a season-high 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting versus Trine University on Jan. 12. That output was Hutton’s best scoring performance since the 2011 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament when he racked up 24 points as a junior against Kalamazoo.
My friend Patrick Hayes also wrote a great feature on Hutton after his first near careeer-ending injury.