Isaiah Austin Cleared to Play Basketball 3 Years After Career-Ending Diagnosis

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Former Baylor standout Isaiah Austin had one of the toughest roads ever to get where he is today. Blind in his right eye since the age of 16, Austin worked his butt off to able to leave school two years early to enter the NBA draft.

Then tragedy struck after a routine physical at the NBA draft combine, as Austin was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body’s connective tissues.

“They said I wouldn’t be able to play basketball anymore at a competitive level,” Austin said in an interview with ESPN. “They found the gene in my blood sample. They told me that my arteries in my heart are enlarged and that if I overwork myself and push too hard that my heart could rupture. The draft is four days away, and I had a dream that my name was going to be called.”

Three years later, Austin announced he has been cleared to play basketball once again.

“Very excited to announce to everyone that the news is true. I have been blessed by the grace of God to receive a second chance at chasing my dream of playing basketball. Everything happens for a reason and I’m ready to share my testimony and journey with millions of people across the world.”

 

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