Throughout his fantastic collegiate career with the Baylor Bears, center Isaiah Austin was one of the hardest working players in all of college basketball. Legally blind in his right eye, Austin never let anything hold him back.
Unfortunately, a devastating diagnosis of Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissues, made prior to the 2014 NBA Draft prevented Austin from being medically cleared to continue his basketball career.
As a result, the NBA was nice enough to grant Austin, who was assured of being drafted before the diagnosis, the full-fledged draft experience, having his name announced by the commissioner followed by a walk across the stage. A memorable draft moment, it was also really sad, considering the circumstances.
But, two and a half years later, Austin has been cleared to play basketball once again and will now relentlessly pursue his NBA dream. Heartwarming news, for sure, Austin’s good fortune could not happen to a better guy.
Austin has defied the odds thus far, so a magical NBA career is likely in his future. The feel good story of the NBA season thus far, Isaiah Austin is coming to an NBA team near you.