NBA commissioner Adam Silver announces selection of former Baylor center Isaiah Austin (VIDEO)


Between the 15th and 16th picks in Thursday’s NBA Draft, NBA commissioner took the time to honor former Baylor center Isaiah Austin. Expected to hear his name called at some point Thursday, Austin was forced to end his competitive career just days prior to the draft after he was found to have Marfan syndrome.

To have one’s career come to an end in that fashion was certainly a tough blow for Austin to absorb, but the way in which he’s handled the situation has resonated with many. Austin, who will return to Baylor to complete his degree, has an offer from Baylor to join their program as a coach (undergraduate assistants are allowed per NCAA rules), and the NBA has offered him a job once he graduates from Baylor.

Above is video of Silver drafting Austin into the NBA family, followed by a a short interview of the 7-foot-1 center.

Tennessee G Hubbs undergoes arthroscopic knee surgery

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee guard Robert Hubbs won’t practice this week after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Tuesday.

The school said in a news release that Hubbs had it done “to address chronic swelling issues that have been present since the preseason.”

No timetable has been set for when Hubbs could return to action, but he is considered doubtful for Tennessee’s next game on Dec. 12 at Butler. Tennessee (4-3) is in the midst of a 13-day break from games, which marks the program’s longest layoff during a season since December 1967.

Hubbs is averaging 15.3 points per game to rank third on the team. The 6-foot-4 junior has scored at least 13 points in each of Tennessee’s seven games.

Clemson lands 2017 guard

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Clemson landed a quality commitment on Tuesday as Class of 2017 guard A.J. Oliver committed to the Tigers. The son of Clemson women’s head coach Audra Smith, Oliver is regarded as a three-star prospect, according to Rivals, although some others view him as a top-100 caliber player.

The 6-foot-4 Oliver attends nearby Daniel High School and should have some time to get acclimated with the players and coaches before he sets foot on campus. A versatile guard who plays hard, Oliver showed that he can make plays with the ball in his hands this summer with the Upward Stars.

Oliver is Clemson’s first commitment in the Class of 2017 and it’s a strong start for head coach Brad Brownell.