Isaiah Austin cleared to return to basketball

8 November 2013 - Baylor Bears forward Isaiah Austin (#21) during the Buckets and Boots Showcase NCAA game between the Colorado Buffaloes and Baylor Bears at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. Baylor won the game 72-60.
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Former Baylor Bears center Isaiah Austin has been cleared to return to basketball activities, after having been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome prior to the 2014 NBA Draft. Austin would be ceremoniously chosen by the league as an act of good faith, without the promise that he would be able to ever step on the court again. But after posting this video to his Instagram account on Wednesday, he appears back on track.

Austin played his high school hoops at Grace Prepatory Academy in Arlington, Texas, before staying in-state when he committed to Baylor after being named a McDonald’s All-American. He spent two seasons at Baylor, being named to the Big-12 All-Defensive team his sophomore season. That year, he averaged 11.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, and over three blocks per game, before declaring for the NBA Draft.

Despite the potential of being chosen in the first round, he announced prior to the Draft that he was suffering from Marfan syndrome, which can heart and aortic complications due to its nature of affecting the body’s connective tissue. There is currently no known cure for Marfan, but Austin has been cleared to return to the floor following what has been over two years of treatment.

In addition to his prognosis of Marfan, Austin has also had to deal with the fact that he is blind in his right eye, and has been for the vast majority of his basketball career after an injury in middle school. Austin has been off the hardwood competitively for around 30 months, but will now get the opportunity to return.

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