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After being diagnosed with Marfan’s Syndrome, a rare connective tissue disorder as well as an abnormally large heart, at the 2014 NBA Draft combine, former Baylor Bears’ center Isaiah Austin’s basketball career appeared to be over after he was told to quit because of the diagnosis of the disorder.
Now over two years removed from the diagnosis, Austin, 23, has been cleared by doctors to return to playing basketball once again.
Over his 2 seasons at Baylor, Austin played in 73 games and averaged 28.9 minutes per game, 12.1 points per game, 6.9 rebounds per game, 1.2 assists per game, 2.4 blocks per game, and 0.4 steals per game. He shot 45.4% from the field, 31.0% from 3-points range, and 66.0% from the free throw line.
Austin played in a career high 38 games in the 2013-2014 season and averaged a career high average of 29.9 minutes per game in the 2012-2013 season. His career highs in average points per game (13.0), average rebounds per game (8.3), shooting percentage (45.9%), and 3-point shooting percentage (33.3%) all took place during the 2012-2013 season, while his career highs in average assists per game (1.4), average blocks per game (3.1), average steals per game (0.4), and free throw percentage (67.9%) took place in the 2013-2014 season.
Austin was a likely late first round draft pick in the 2014 NBA Draft before he was diagnosed with the disorder, so look for him to continue his miraculous recovery and comeback with another attempt at making it to and playing in the NBA.