Genetic disorder prevents NBA prospect Isaiah Austin from achieving his dream

06/23/2014 1:57 PM ET
By Tyler Prado

Baylor center Isaiah Austin stands on the sidelines during his team's loss to Wisconsin in the NCAA tournament.(AP)
Former Baylor University star Isaiah Austin has been handed devastating news just days before the NBA draft, which will keep him from ever playing in a NBA game.

During a pre-draft medical test, Austin learned he had a genetic disorder known as Marfan syndrome. Marfan syndrome is a disorder that causes problems with connective tissues throughout the body. This disease affects approximately 1 in 5,000 people and can have serious impact to the heart, bones, joints and eyes. Early detection and treatment is essential and can help improve the condition.

"His health is the most important thing, and while it's extremely sad that he won't be able to play in the NBA, our hope is that he'll return to Baylor to complete his degree and serve as a coach in our program," said Baylor Bears head coach Scott Drew in a statement released by the university.

During his time in Baylor, Austin started all but one game and averaged 12.1 point, 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.

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