HoopsHype Isaiah Austin rumors

June 27, 2014 Updates

"The way they did it was just total class," Drew said. "Anyone watching, if you didn't have a tear in your eye, man, I don't even know. Give the credit to Adam Silver and Greg Shaheen." It was Shaheen, the longtime head of the NCAA Tournament, who quietly helped orchestrate the tribute in the past 72 hours. Silver personally called Austin earlier in the week to invite him and ensure he experienced the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. "We knew we wanted to do something that would allow his dream to come true. He's a special young man," Silver told CBSSports.com. "And it was very difficult for me to maintain my composure up there. It's said that something that was such a big part of his life has been taken away, but he's making the best of a bad situation. That's the best kind of outlook on life. We're proud of Isaiah." CBSSports.com

Word of Austin's condition spread from his parents to his agent to his high school coach and the Baylor coaches. Austin was refereeing games and playing with kids in drills. He had no idea his life had changed forever. He would live like this for only 22 more hours. The decision was made by mom: let him play the game he loves just a little while longer before telling him the awful news. Austin wasn't exerting much energy at the camp as it was. Drew said he was "numb to the news" when he found out. Paul Mills, a Baylor assistant who was working the camp, found out around 8 p.m. He too was gobsmacked. "We wondered if we should pull him off the court. It's over," Mills recalled thinking. "He's never playing basketball again. I remember Isaiah as a seventh-grader, visiting campus, 6-7 tall. He's the only junior high kid I've ever gone to see. You're thinking back to all those instances over the past eight or nine years, and you're about to deliver news that will floor this kid." CBSSports.com

Austin walked into the house, nearly 20 familiar faces waiting, all fighting a droop. His eyes locked on his mother's, who were already welled to tears. His stepfather was holding her, and the reality of why this family reunion was happening slammed him. "No," Austin immediately said. "Please don't tell me what I think you're going to tell me." "I'm sorry, Isaiah," were the first words Lisa could get out. Before she said them, he knew. Doctors told him about the possibility of Marfan in Chicago, at the draft combine. There was no other reason for him to see his family in that house right then and there. They weren't supposed to be in Grand Prairie, not today. It was Saturday, and Noah had a track meet to prepare for. Austin turned his back and began to cry. CBSSports.com

Before the 16th pick, commissioner Adam Silver paused to say that the NBA was drafting Austin. “It’s one of the biggest blessings of my life,” Austin said. “When one door closes, God opens another one. I’m gonna dream again. I’m going to share my story with as many people as I can.” Austin’s emotional moment — he was wiping away tears as he embraced Silver — was a highlight of the draft and one of several moments involving North Texans. Dallas Morning News

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Former Baylor Bears center Isaiah Austin, who saw his dreams of playing in the NBA abruptly come to a halt this week, has an insurance policy worth at least $1 million, his agent Dwon Clifton confirmed to ESPN.com. "We will get through this week and then we'll file the claim and get the ball rolling," Clifton said. ESPN.com

"This is devastating news, but Isaiah has the best support system anyone could ask for, and he knows that all of Baylor Nation is behind him," Baylor coach Scott Drew said in a news release from the university. "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." USA Today Sports

June 22, 2014 Updates

Former Baylor center Isaiah Austin has been diagnosed with a career-ending medical condition. Genetic testing as part of preparation for the 2014 NBA Draft revealed that Austin suffers from Marfan syndrome. "This is devastating news, but Isaiah has the best support system anyone could ask for, and he knows that all of Baylor Nation is behind him," head coach Scott Drew said. "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." BaylorBears.com

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