On Sunday, former Baylor center Isaiah Austin was back to doing what he had done 119 times during his college career: blocking shots.
The 7-foot-1 Austin was helping the Bears in preparation for Monday night’s game with Texas Southern. Austin spent two seasons in Waco, Texas before declaring for the 2014 NBA Draft. The week of the draft, Austin was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, an inherited disorder that immediately ended his playing career. Since then, Austin has returned to campus to finish classes and assist with the basketball program.
He has a job waiting for him with the NBA once he finishes his education. About 1 in 5,000 people have Marfran syndrome. Austin has used his status to spread awareness of this medical condition.