Isaiah Austin

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    Isaiah Austin

    Marfan's Syndrome

     
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    Re: Isaiah Austin

    Horrible news especially for a kid who has suffered so much.

     

     

    "I don’t know. I think Tom is probably the best leader I’ve ever been around so I wouldn’t be too critical of him. " - BB

     
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    http://www.baylorbears.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/062214aaa.html

     

    June 22, 2014

     

     
    WACO, Texas - Former Baylor center Isaiah Austin has been diagnosed with a career-ending medical condition. Genetic testing as part of preparation for the 2014 NBA Draft revealed that Austin suffers from Marfan syndrome.

    "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," head coach Scott Drew said. "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."

    Marfan syndrome is caused by a genetic mutation that leads to problems in connective tissues throughout the body. One feature of Marfan syndrome is aortic enlargement, which can be life-threatening. According to The Marfan Foundation, about one in 5,000 people have Marfan syndrome. For more information, visit www.marfan.org.

    A 7-foot-1 center from Arlington, Texas, Austin revealed during his sophomore season that he is blind in his right eye as a result of a detached retina suffered as a teenager. He was expected to be the first to ever play in the NBA while partially blind.

    Austin played two seasons at Baylor before declaring for the 2014 NBA Draft. He played in 73 games (72 starts) and averaged 12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 28.9 minutes per game. Austin finished his Baylor career tied for second on the school's all-time blocked shots list with 177, and his 119 blocks as a sophomore led the Big 12 Conference. Baylor went a combined 49-26 during his two-year career, winning the 2013 NIT Championship and advancing to the 2014 NCAA Sweet 16.

     

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    Does this mean he lost his eligibility also and can't go back to finish his college degree with his scholarship?  Maybe Baylor will do right by him.

     
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    In response to scubber's comment:
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    Does this mean he lost his eligibility also and can't go back to finish his college degree with his scholarship?  Maybe Baylor will do right by him.

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    Once you declare your eligibility is gone.  It's not like he comes from a poor family.   His dad made enough in the NBA that a scholarship isn't a big deal.  Right now they have much bigger concerns.

     
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    In response to anguskahn's comment:


    In response to scubber's comment:
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    Does this mean he lost his eligibility also and can't go back to finish his college degree with his scholarship?  Maybe Baylor will do right by him.




    Once you declare your eligibility is gone.  It's not like he comes from a poor family.   His dad made enough in the NBA that a scholarship isn't a big deal.  Right now they have much bigger concerns.


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    I was reading his wiki and I don't see anything to suggest that he comes from a wealthy family or that his father played in the NBA.  Hopefully you are right about his family status.

     
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    Re: Isaiah Austin

    His dad is ike austin and he played over a decade in the NBA in the 90s.

     
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    His dad is ike austin and he played over a decade in the NBA in the 90s.

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    I stand corrected.  Ike was his uncle not his father.

     
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    That's a damn shame. My heart goes out to that kid.

     

     
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    Great kid - terrible news! 

     
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    My heart goes out to him and his family. Tragic. I couldn't even watch the whole interview. Heart-wrenching.

     
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    So close, yet so far. Too bad. This kid must be really bummed out.

     
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    Re: Isaiah Austin

    DAYUM  


    DAYUM


    DAYUUUUUUUUUUUUUMMMMMMMMM!


    I hope he takes care of himself and his insurance comes through righteously.


     


    Ton of potential ready to burst from this guy. He was definitely going to be drafted if the medicals didnt red flag him!


     


    A 7 foot prolific shot blocker and 3 point shooter? Common sense you draft that!


     


     m.youtube.com/watch?v=xKUwcCp7LPE

     

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