Isaiah Austin Speaker Profile
Former Baylor Bears Basketball Star
Isaiah Austin Biography
Isaiah Austin was born October 25, 1993 and is an American basketball player who recently completed his college career for the Baylor Bears. He had been considered a second-round prospect in the 2014 NBA draft until he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome.
In his freshman season at Baylor, Austin was named to the 2013 All-Big 12 third team and the Big 12 All-Rookie team. On April 4, 2013, he recorded 15 points, nine rebounds, five blocks, four assists and two steals in the NIT championship game in which Baylor defeated Iowa 74–54. In 35 games (all starts), he averaged 13.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.7 blocks in 29.9 minutes per game.
In April 2013, he declared for the 2013 NBA draft, but later returned to Baylor due to a shoulder injury.
In his sophomore season, he was named to the 2014 Big 12 All-Defensive team. In 38 games, he averaged 11.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 3.1 blocks in 28.0 minutes per game.
On April 22, 2014, he declared for the 2014 NBA draft, forgoing his final two year of college eligibility.
On June 21, 2014, Austin learned that he had been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body's connective tissue. In an emotional interview with ESPN's Holly Rowe, Austin said that he could no longer play basketball at a competitive level since there was too much risk of his heart rupturing. In response, NBA commissioner Adam Silver invited Austin to attend the draft as his guest.
Austin is blind in his right eye from an injury he sustained in middle school. He had kept the injury a secret, known only to his teammates and close friends until January 17, 2014.
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Posted on 29 June 2015 | 6:30 pm
Former NBA Draft prospect Isaiah Austin has been announced as the keynote speaker for this year’s The Marfan Foundation Annual Family Conference that is taking place August 6-9 in Chicago, IL. Austin was a huge player at Baylor University who was thought to be a first round pick for the NBA, only to discover a year ago that he has Marfan syndrome and will not be able to play basketball...[Read More]
Posted on 25 June 2015 | 8:54 pm
Former NBA prospect Isaiah Austin talked to an audience about his new book, “Dream Again”, and signed copies of it at the NBA Store on June 23 at 5:00pm this week. Austin was a contender to be selected at the draft until he found out at the had an illness that would prevent him from pursuing that kind of career in basketball, so he wrote about about how he will not help to inspire...[Read More]
Posted on 20 October 2014 | 3:58 pm
Former Baylor University hoops star Isaiah Austin is an inspiration. At the age of 16 he suffered a detached retina leaving him completely blind in one eye, but that didn't deter him from becoming a top NBA prospect after a stellar career at Baylor. That in itself would have been an amazing story, but sometimes what is truly amazing is how a guy like Austin responds to the adversity that...[Read More]
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