Thought to have career-ending condition, Isaiah Austin says he’s cleared to play

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Remember Isaiah Austin?

He declared for the NBA draft out of Baylor two years ago, but in pre-draft evaluations, he was diagnosed with career-ending Marfan syndrome.

A $1 million insurance policy kicked in. The NBA ceremoniously drafted him. NBA2K15 put him into its video game. The league even offered him a job once he got his degree.

But that’s not where his story ends.

Austin was cleared to play, he told Cassy Athena.

Will Austin reach the NBA? He faces a long road.

Though he was once viewed as a potential top-10 pick, he was projected in the second round by the time he left Baylor. The 7-foot-1 center has plenty of athleticism and a nice shooting stroke. There will be intrigue. But he never put his skills together at Baylor, too frequently deferring. And that was before he missed two years. Who knows where he is now?

But that we’re evaluating Austin’s on-court abilities at this point is a victory in its own right.