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Isaiah Austin’s career is over due to medical condition

Jun 22, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

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Former Baylor center Isaiah Austin announced on Sunday afternoon that his playing career is over after being diagnosed with Marfan syndrome.

Marfan syndrome is an inherited disorder that affects the body’s connective tissue. About 1 in 5,000 people have Marfran syndrome. It was revealed Austin suffered from the disorder during testing as he prepared for Thursday’s NBA Draft.

“This is devastating news, but Isaiah has the best support system anyone could ask for, and he knows that all of Baylor Nation is behind him,” Baylor head coach Scott Drew said in a statement. “His health is the most important thing, and while it’s extremely sad that he won’t be able to play in the NBA, our hope is that he’ll return to Baylor to complete his degree and serve as a coach in our program.”

The 7-foot-1 Austin played two seasons for Baylor, averaging 11.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game as a sophomore. He declared for the 2014 NBA Draft on April 22.

Austin could have entered the draft in 2013, but decided to return to Waco for a sophomore season. In January, he revealed that he was blind in his right eye, a secret he kept from the public for much of his playing career.

According to Holly Rowe, who interviewed Austin on Sunday afternoon’s SportsCenter, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has already reached out to Austin and had invited him to Brooklyn for the NBA Draft.

  1. realbkw - Jun 22, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    Just when you thought you’d climbed from the darkness of the abyss to the top of the world, along comes life to kick you back down again. But Austin is hanging on to the edge of the abyss and will pull himself back out again!

    • bayyuat555777 - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:14 PM

      This is one great reason that black people need to get focused on obtaining a good education, rather than leaning on sports as a lifetime occupation. The average sports will give you life until you get to be just about 60 and might I add with lots of pain and suffering.. Sports is fine for making money, however, an education is not dependent upon health but a good mental aptitude. No one can take an education from you this is the one thing no one can ever take from you, you can take it with you even to the grave.

  2. zxlaa - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Just terrible…I looked it up and it is a cruel thing to have.

  3. martinbay10 - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Very sad news for Isaiah Austin. Marfan syndrome is nasty, arguably worse than ALS. He’s probably getting — or has had — an MRI of his heart and aorta. Possible DNA-based solution?

  4. elcaminobilly - Jun 22, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    Horrible news. Can’t begin to imagine what he’s going through.

  5. iwearshoesinhentucky - Jun 22, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Hope he does return to Baylor and finishes his degree.

  6. mcfc2014 - Jun 22, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    My thoughts are with this young man. Sounds like a horrible disease

  7. shadowshand - Jun 22, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    Flo Hyman, African-American Olympic and professional volleyball player, died of undiagnosed Marfan Syndrome while playing for a pro team in Japan in 1986. This shyte is serious. Hope he gets a great education and helps others for the rest of his life.

  8. philliephaninva - Jun 22, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    I’m surprised he wasn’t diagnosed before now.

  9. kaspauf - Jun 23, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Sad news, I really liked hearing his story and seems like a great young man who will continue his journey which hopefully means getting his degree and staying close to basketball just unfortunately not as a player but he could help in many other facets with other player’s games. Best of luck to you Mr. Austin!

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