Ex-Baylor Star Isaiah Austin To Play Basketball Again; Is He Okay After The Marfan Syndrome Diagnosis?
Former College Basketball star Isaiah Austin is back and he is cleared to play the sport he loves. The former Baylor player is set to pursuing his dreams after having diagnosed with Marfan syndrome shortly before the 2014 draft season started. The diagnosis has seemingly stopped his basketball career as he focused on battling the disease.
Two years ago, everything was going well for Isaiah Austin. He was enjoying playing basketball, competing with his team against other college basketball teams and getting recognized as one of the best players. The NBA draft season is coming and there were already speculations that he will get drafted into a team soon. However, things take an ugly turn.
According to ESPN, 7-footer was projected as a late first-round pick in the 2014 NBA draft. While he went to have the standard physical and electrocardiogram test at the NBA, the test revealed an abnormality in his heart. Further tests revealed he had a rare connective tissue disorder called the Marfan syndrome.
He was notified just days before the drafting and was advised to quit basketball immediately. A lot of people were saddened but still showed their support including NBA commissioner Adam Silver. Silver invited the ex-Baylor star to the 2014 draft and made him a ceremonial pick between the 15th and 16th selections. And got to experience what draft picks undergo.
Now though it seems he is back to pursue his dreams once more as a video clip of his interview was posted on his Instagram account. The video which is a part of a six minute one-on-one with Cassy Athena shows the basketball star stating that they have been monitoring his heart to make sure that everything is fine and the doctor says he is stable. His doctor also cleared him to play the sport he loves.
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 A video posted by Zeke (@isaiahaustin) on Nov 30, 2016 at 2:39pm PST
He even stated in his interview that it has always been his dream. "At the same time, I'm a God-fearing man, and I believe that everything happens in life for a reason, so why would God put it in my doctor's heart to say that I was cleared if he didn't want me to go and chase my dream and share my testimony with millions of people around the world."
Isaiah Austin is a 23-year-old former Baylor player from Texas. He has always sparked the interest of the world not only for having great potential in basketball but also after overcoming several obstacles including being blind in his right eye since he was 16. Sports Illustrated also noted that this was a result of a retina injury that has made him wear protective glasses during games.
Aside from being a likely draft in 2014, he was also known to be in McDonald's All-American coming out of high school. Austin during his final college season averaged 11.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 3.1 blocks.
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