Former Baylor basketball star Isaiah Austin received some terrible news after a routine physical ahead of the NBA Draft. During his EKG, they found an abnormality they would need to examine further.
Those tests came back positive for Marfan Syndrome and the recommendation was made that Austin quit 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.”
His mother, as well as his coaches, family and friends all gathered to give him the news. Austin has been nothing but positive since learning his basketball fate, sending out inspirational Tweets and thanking people for being there for him.
Other athletes and celebrities have reached out on Twitter, including fellow alum Robert Griffin III, to lend prayers and support to Austin in this troubling time.
Please send up a prayer for @IsaiahAustin who was diagnosed with a career-ending medical condition. Great Player & better person
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) June 22, 2014
Hold ya head up bruh. You got bigger an better on the way. @IsaiahAustin
— Ben McLemore (@BenMcLemore) June 22, 2014
My prayers and thoughts go out to @IsaiahAustin stay positive and driven.
— Michael Carter-Willi (@MCW1) June 22, 2014
Sending all my positive thoughts to @IsaiahAustin. You still have a tremendous amount of offer to this world, go be great! We got you!
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) June 22, 2014
Austin was projected to go late in the first round of the NBA Draft.
Also, according to ESPN’s Holly Rowe, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has already reached out to Austin and invited him to the draft despite the news.