Isaiah Austin Withdraws From NBA Draft Due to Life Threatening Disorder
We all feel sad for the former Baylor basketball player Isaiah Austin as he has to withdraw from NBA draft due to his life threatening disorder. We're praying for him and his health.
Austin had to withdraw from his hoop dreams just four days before the NBA draft. He was recently diagnosed with Marfan syndrome which is a rare genetic disorder that affects the connective tissue that holds together all of the body's cells, organs and tissue.
After undergoing a physical for the NBA, doctors found the rare disorder and recommended Austin to stop playing basketball immediately.
"They said I wouldn't be able to play basketball anymore at a competitive level," Austin told ESPN's Holly Rowe. "They found the gene in my blood sample. They told me that my arteries in my heart are enlarged and that if I overwork myself and push too hard that my heart could rupture. The draft is four days away, and I had a dream that my name was going to be called."
The seven footer was expected to be drafted in the first round and make a nice impact to the game of basketball. Overcoming being blind in one eye, Isaiah proved nothing would be able to stop him. With a life threatening disorder, the inspiring basketball player has to hang up his dreams.