Stronger Than Marfan Syndrome: Isaiah Austin

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Nov 20, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears center Isaiah Austin (21) reacts during the game against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers at The Ferrell Center. Baylor won 69-64. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 20, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears center Isaiah Austin (21) reacts during the game against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers at The Ferrell Center. Baylor won 69-64. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Isaiah Austin was set out to be a high first-round pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Isaiah was a top college player and in his time at Baylor University Austin averaged 12.1 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 2.4 bpg during his two-year spell with the University. Austin also had a 45% field-goal percentage and he shot 28% from behind the arc during his time at Baylor. Austin played an average of 28.9 minutes per game and for the time he played on the court he done well and made himself into a top college prospect, primed to have a good NBA career.

Austin’s career took a turn for the worst though as just days before the 2014 NBA Draft it was confirmed that Isaiah had Marfan’s Syndrome. This is a disease that affects the body’s connective tissues. The connective tissues in the body hold all the body’s cells, organs and tissues together. It was thought that Isaiah’s career would be over before it even began which was heartbreaking news for Isaiah who had spent his whole career trying to make it to the NBA.

Isaiah was upset but he didn’t give up. It wasn’t in his character to do that.

"Never Give Up"

Instead, Isaiah vowed to fight the disease and he spent the next two and a half years trying to get better and make a return to playing basketball. Isaiah wrote a book called ‘Dream Again’ which tells us all about his life so far and is a must-read for any NBA fan and he continued to study at college.

Finally, in November of 2016, it was announced that Isaiah could return to playing basketball and Isaiah was cleared to start as soon as possible. It was expected that Austin would be signed up to an NBA team almost immediately but that wasn’t the case and Isaiah would have to go to Europe first to get his professional basketball career off to a start.

Austin signed a contract with FMP, a small basketball club based in Belgrade, Serbia.

Austin made his debut with the club the other night in which he recorded 9 points and 4 rebounds in 12 minutes of play. It was nothing spectacular but it was a sign that Isaiah was back better than ever and it shows us that he’s ready to work hard once again to reach the NBA.

I believe Austin can be a good player in the future and I expect to see him playing NBA basketball in the next year or two.

Austin is definitely a player to keep an eye on in the future so watch out for him as he progresses and improves his skill as he adapts to playing professional basketball after such a long time off.

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