Chris Hutton’s inspiring story featured in The Flint Journal

Posted: January 29, 2013 by Jared Field in College

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.

From Mlive:

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.

  1. First, having coached this young man as a floppy-haired, baby-faced kid in my first year with the Mid Michigan Lakers, I can say that there are few guys that I have enjoyed coaching more. He has come a long way from that point as a person and a player and it is great to see. What is not known is how he came back to the MML program to coach while rehabbing from the hand injury. I was amazed at his dedication despite having to go outside between games and sterilize his wounds. He is without question one of the toughest kids I know. Oh yeah, let me say that he is playing now only 6 MONTHS after his ACL surgery! Now that is pure heart, effort, and determination. And a testament to his faith in God. The best part is the ending is not written yet and I know there is much more ini store.

  2. Dena Hutton says:

    Thank you Jared and Marcellus for always believing in Chris and giving him many good opportunities to share his love for basketball. We are all truly blessed to see him back on the court again. God is so good and we are thankful for each one of you and many others who lifted him up in prayer!! God Bless!

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