Update on 6/22/14 -- Austin diagnosed with career-ending connective tissue condition
NBA projection: Austin has been projected as a second-round pick.
Austin was chosen to the Big 12’s All-Defensive team after leading the league with 119 blocked shots. He also earned a spot on the Big 12 championship all-tournament team after setting a league record with 18 blocks. He blocked nine in a double-overtime win against Kansas State in the regular season. Austin finished the season strong, reaching double-figure scoring in his last seven games and helping lead the Bears to the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16.
Key statistics: 11.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.4 apg, 3.2 bpg, 1.8 tpg, 28.4 mpg, .443 FG, .281 3PT, .683 FT
Cool statistic: In just two seasons, Austin finished with 175 blocks, tied for second on the school’s all-time list with Quincy Acy.
Reminds me of: Channing Frye
What Insiders Say
Baylor coach Scott Drew
“His versatility and defensive prowess helped us win an NIT Championship and make a Sweet 16 appearance. He’s a tremendous player and a great role model in the community.”
What Outsiders Say
Creighton coach Greg McDermott
“Isaiah Austin is as long as any player in the country. Then you add his skill level to go with that. He's a handful.”
David Aldridge's Big Board 2014: Centers | Rank: No. 8
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Baylor sophomore Isaiah Austin has already overcome a great deal, having played for the last several years without sight in his right eye. He was an honorable mention all Big 12 selection this past season, when he led the conference with 119 blocked shots, the second-highest single season total in school history. And he helped lead Baylor to an NCAA appearance after the Bears took the NIT title the year before. But he'll have a lot of work to do to convince NBA types he can play regular minutes in the hole.
"He is not a center," a Western Conference GM said. "He may not even be a face-up four. He runs the floor real well and can shoot. He takes a wide path around physical contact. He shoots the ball fairly well at that size. He can be a guy that can create space by taking his guy away from the basket, and that may be his best position. But if you put him in the post, he would struggle mightily in that position." More>>