Former Baylor star has career-ending medical condition

espn.go.com Published: June 23, 2014
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Former Baylor star Isaiah Austin has been diagnosed with a serious medical condition and will not be able to pursue a career in the NBA, the school announced Sunday.



The 7-foot-1 Austin had an abnormality revealed in his EKG test at the NBA combine. Additional test results came back positive for Marfan syndrome. According to the Marfan Foundation, Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the connective tissue that holds together all of the body's cells, organs and tissue.

Recommendation was that Austin quit basketball immediately.

Austin, who was projected as a late first-round pick in the NBA Draft, averaged 12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game in his two seasons at Baylor.

Austin closed his career with wins against both OU and OSU. He had 18 points, five rebounds and five blocks against the Sooners in a 78-73 win in the Big 12 Tournament, and had 12 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks against OSU in a 70-64 overtime win in the Big 12 regular season.

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