NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 26: Isaiah Austin of Baylor (R) shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver as he is honored on stage during the 2014 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 26, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Isaiah Austin’s story just got a happier next chapter.

The 7’1” Austin was a dominant post player at Baylor, and was projected as a late-first or early-second round pick in the 2014 NBA draft, but a diagnosis of genetic disorder Marfan syndrome led to doctors saying he couldn’t play basketball any more. The NBA still chose him as an honorary selection (he’s seen above with NBA commissioner Adam Silver at that draft), and he was even incorporated into NBA 2K15, but few thought he’d ever have the chance to take the court in a high-stakes setting for real. That’s now changed, though, as Austin released an Instagram video Wednesday saying he’d been cleared by doctors to play again:

That full interview Austin mentions is here, part of the Thru The Lens documentary series:

Austin also is blind in his right eye thanks to suffering a detached retina when he was 16, so he’s already overcome a lot. He averaged 12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocks during two seasons at Baylor, and while his time off may have hurt his stock a bit, this is a guy who was considered to have serious NBA potential before his Marfan syndrome diagnosis. We’ll see if NBA teams give him a real chance, but he certainly seems like someone worth consideration now he’s been medically cleared. His story will certainly be interesting to follow; there aren’t many honorary draft picks who later turn out to have a real chance of making the pros.

[Fox Sports]

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