Former Baylor star Isaiah Austin cleared to play basketball

John Schuhmann

John Schuhmann


Nov 30, 2016 10:01 PM ET

Isaiah Austin is ready to pursue his dream of playing in the NBA again.

Two and a half years ago, the seven-foot sophomore from Baylor was considered to be a late-first or early-second-round pick. But days before the Draft, he was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, which "affects the body's connective tissue" and can cause heart complications like enlargement of the aorta. NBA commissioner Adam Silver made Austin a ceremonial pick by the league at the 2014 Draft, but it appeared that Austin's dream of playing in the NBA was over.

Now, Austin has the clearance from his doctor to play basketball again, which he announced in a video via Thru The Lens.

"Ever since the Draft I've been getting checked by my doctor," Austin said. "Through those check-ups, we've been monitoring my heart, making sure that nothing has changed. And he said that I'm stable."

Austin played two years at Baylor, averaging 12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocks. He is blind in his right eye from a retinal tear suffered in the eighth grade.

"God has been setting me up for this moment," Austin said. "Ever since my doctor told me that I was cleared, it's been on my mind. I want to go chase this. It's always been my dream."

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