Former Baylor University star Isaiah Austin has not played basketball since his sophomore year when he averaged 11.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game. After the season, the 7-foot-1 center had planned to enter the NBA Draft, but his dream was interrupted by a diagnosis of Marfan Syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body's connective tissue. It was widely believed that Austin would never play basketball again.
But now he's back.
After being cleared by his doctor, Austin decided that he would play basketball and once again pursue his dream. He was recently signed to his first pro deal—with Red Star Belgrade affiliate FMP in the Adriatic league.
Dwon Clifton, agent for Isaiah Austin, on client signing with Belgrade's Euroleague affiliate, FMP. Low-risk, high-reward, GREAT DEAL. pic.twitter.com/E88RBY2eB5
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) January 8, 2017
Three years after being told he would never play again, Austin made his pro basketball debut this past Sunday. Although it was his first game in a long time, Austin balled out. In 12 minutes of play, he showed off his vast skill set, scored nine points, grabbed four rebounds and had a nasty block.
Isaiah Austin played in his first game after being told he'd never be able to play again pic.twitter.com/e2XwcuMAei
— Athlete Swag (@AthleteSwag) January 18, 2017
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