Isaiah Austin has been cleared to play basketball again after being diagnosed with Marfan’s Syndrome prior to the 2014 NBA draft. Austin, who expected to be drafted early out of Baylor, was also diagnosed with an abnormally large heart.
The two devastating diagnosis’ appeared to be the effective end of Austin’s playing career.
Austin confirmed the news on social media Wednesday.
Very excited to announce to everyone that the news is true. I have been blessed by the grace of God to receive a second chance at chasing my dream of playing basketball. Everything happens for a reason and I'm ready to share my testimony and journey with millions of people across the world. #DreamAgain | full interview on cassyathena.com @cassyathena
Still only 23 years old and standing at 7-foot-1, there will be no shortage of teams willing to take a look at what Austin is capable of doing. Taking a two year break from basketball will surely have caused some rust to form on the more intricate and nuanced elements of his game, but it’s an obstacle he can surely overcome.
No stranger to overcoming obstacles, his diagnosis of Marfan’s Syndrome and an abnormally large heart is compounded by the fact that Austin has been blind in his right eye since he was 16.
Austin has learned to not only live with this impairment, but thrive with it.
In his time at Baylor, he averaged 11.2, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and a staggering 3.1 blocks.
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