Sunday, November 28 2021

Former Baylor star Isaiah Austin was ruled ineligible to play in the NBA in 2014. The 7’1” center was projected to be a top first-round pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. However, the young star was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome on Jun. 22, 2014. This led to teams reconsidering selecting the California native. With Baylor, he won the NIT championship in 2013.

He was selected Big 12 All-Rookie Team in 2013. Then, he was selected Big 12 All-Defensive Team in 2014. While none of the teams selected Austin during draft night, between the 15th and 16th picks, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Austin as a ceremonial pick. Per sources, Silver offered Austin a front office job. However, he had to first earn his college degree.

<iframe title="The NBA Drafts Isaiah Austin" width="740" height="416" src frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen class="data-swift-youtube-player" srcdoc=".swift-ytp{position: absolute;left: 50%;top: 50%;width: 68px;height: 48px;margin-left: -34px;margin-top: -24px;-moz-transition: opacity .25s cubic-bezier(0.0,0.0,0.2,1);-webkit-transition: opacity .25s cubic-bezier(0.0,0.0,0.2,1);transition: opacity .25s cubic-bezier(0.0,0.0,0.2,1);z-index: 63;}.swift-ytp svg {height: 100%;left: 0;position: absolute;top: 0;width: 100%;}body:hover .swift-ytp-bg {fill: #ff0000;}body{cursor:pointer;overflow:hidden;margin:0;padding:0;}function loadFrame(){window.frameElement.removeAttribute(‘srcdoc’);window.frameElement.src=’′}

function r(){var h = Math.max(document.documentElement.clientHeight, window.innerHeight || 0);if(h > 0){document.getElementById(‘swift-ytc’).style.height = h + ‘px’};}r();window.addEventListener(‘resize’,r);if(‘ontouchstart’ in document.documentElement && !window.frameElement.src.match(/&x$/)){function iv(a){if (typeof a.getBoundingClientRect !== ‘function’){return false}var b = a.getBoundingClientRect(); return ((a.innerHeight || a.clientHeight) > 0 && b.bottom + 50 >= 0 && b.right + 50 >= 0 && – 50 <= (window.innerHeight || document.documentElement.clientHeight) && b.left – 50 <= (window.innerWidth || document.documentElement.clientWidth))}function ll(){if (iv(window.frameElement)){loadFrame();}requestAnimationFrame(ll);}requestAnimationFrame(ll);}” data-src data-swift-iframe-lazyload=”true” data-style>[embedded content]

Isaiah Austin – international professional career

Despite his NBA ineligibility, he was medically cleared to play basketball on Nov. 30, 2016. He wanted to play basketball professionally in the United States. Though, Austin considered possibilities of playing in Europe. On Jan. 7, 2017, he signed a deal with Serbian team KK FMP. This basketball club is located in Belgrade, Serbia.

Austin averaged 7.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in 12 KLS games. Plus, he averaged 9.1 rebounds, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in nine ABA League games. Furthermore, his most notable performances came while playing in China’s National Basketball League (NBL) for the Guangzhi Weizhuang. He averaged 34.6 points, 13.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 4.3 blocks per game. The center was dominant in China.

After playing for the Guangxi Rhino, Austin played for the Super Basketball Legaue’s Yulon Luxgen Dinos team in Taiwan. Then, he played for the Champville SC in Lebanon and the Nanjing Monkey King, which is a team part of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).

Additionally, Austin played for the Panteras de Aguascalientes in Mexico. He also played for the Mets de Guaynabo in Puerto Rico. Indios de Mayagüez is another one. The center played in Puerto Rico’s BSN. Isaiah Austin has been everywhere.

Plus, he was selected first overall by the Enemies in the 2021 BIG3 Draft. For those unaware, Isaiah is the nephew of former NBA player Isaac Austin. He won the Most Improved Player award in 1997. Isaac played from 1991 to 2004. Just like Isaiah, Isaac played center. Not to mention, Isaac averaged 7.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

What is Marfan syndrome?

Moreover, Marfan syndrome is a rare genetic disorder. It affects blood vessels, bones, the heart and especially connective tissue. It occurs in only 1 in 5,000 people. The disorder is caused by a mutation in the gene known as FBN1. Treatments include taking blood pressure medications and having surgery. Back braces, glasses and contact lenses are helpful, too. People who live with Marfan syndrome are usually tall and thin.

Symptoms include blurred vision, mitral valve prolapse of the heart and lower back pain. Of course, mitral valve prolapse and aortic aneurysms are the most severe side effects of the disorder. Many individuals who live with Marfan syndrome also have scoliosis. If untreated, according to the NIH, the median life expectancy is 32 years. However, with proper care, the life expectancy is about 70 years. The majority of individuals with the disorder live normal lives.

Source: Basketball Insider


Elyse Bennett after Washington State's victory versus Arizona in Pac-12 opener: 'Only looking to go up from here'


Jed Hoyer: Cubs to be ‘more active' in free agency this offseason

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Check Also

Pro Sports Media

Trending Now

Evan Mobley injury update: Cavs rookie planning to return from elbow sprain on Saturday vs. Magic, per report

Getty Images Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Evan Mobley has been out since Nov. 15 with a sprained elbow, but according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, he is expected to return to the lineup on Saturday against the Orlando Magic, assuming there are no setbacks in his recovery. That would put Mobley ahead of the initial 2-4 […]

Read More

MLB rumors: Alex Wood, Giants finalizing two-year, $20M-plus contract

Report: Wood finalizing two-year contract to return to Giants originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea Farhan Zaidi and Scott Harris made no secret of the fact that they wanted to get the 107-win Giants squad back together. They’re not wasting any time, either.  The Giants announced on Monday that they’re bringing Anthony DeSclafani back on […]

Read More

Wizards vs. Heat: How to watch, schedule, live stream info, game time, TV channel

Through 3 Quarters The Washington Wizards typically have all the answers at home, but the Miami Heat are posing a tough problem. The Heat currently hold a 75-71 lead. Miami has been riding high on the performance of small forward Jimmy Butler, who has 20 points in addition to five rebounds. One thing to keep […]

Read More