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WDKX.com » Blog » Isaiah Austin, NBA Draft Prospect, Has Career-Ending Genetic Disorder
Jun 23rd 2014 5:53 am
Isaiah Austin, NBA Draft Prospect, Has Career-Ending Genetic Disorder
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Isaiah Austin's basketball career is finished. The former Baylor center who declared for the 2014 NBA draft has Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects about one in 5,000 people.

Austin was diagnosed during genetic testing in preparation for the draft, where he was expected to be a second-round pick. Marfan syndrome is an inherited disorder that commonly affects the heart, eyes, circulatory system and skeleton, according to the Mayo Clinic's website.

"The draft is four days away, and I had a dream that my name was going to be called," Austin said via Baylor men's basketball's official Twitter account. "I'm sorry (my supporters) couldn't see me play in the NBA. But it's not the end. It's only the beginning."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nba/draft/2014/06/22/isaiah-austin-genetic-disorder-marfan-syndrome-baylor-bears/11236699/