Isaiah Austin announced yesterday that he has been diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, a serious medical condition that will stunt his basketball career prematurely. The discovery was made as he was undergoing a NBA physical that revealed an abnormality and after further genetic testing the results came back with a positive for the disease.
Austin was projected to go late in the first round and some analyst projected him to be picked at #25 to the Rockets since Omer Asik is most likely on his way out. After the diagnosis it was recommended that Isaiah should quit playing basketball immediately.
Austin heard the news from someone very dear to him, his mother Lisa Green traveled throughout the night to deliver the news directly along with friends and family, including the Baylor coach Scott Drew and Austin’s high school coaches.
Baylor coach, Scott Drew said this regarding the tragic news, “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. 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.”
Words can’t explain how thankful I am for the time I had to play this wonderful sport. It changed my life forever. #NewBeginnings
— God’s Child (@IsaiahAustin) June 22, 2014
I would love to thank EVERYONE who has reached out to me. Toughest days of my life. But not the last! Life goes on. GOD IS STILL GREAT!