Isaiah Austin

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Isaiah Austin
Isaiah Austin 2016.jpg
Austin in 2016
No. 0 – Champville SC
Position Center
League Lebanese Basketball League
Personal information
Born (1993-10-25) October 25, 1993 (age 24)
Fresno, California
Nationality American
Listed height 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school Grace Preparatory Academy
(Arlington, Texas)
College Baylor (2012–2014)
Playing career 2017–present
Career history
2017 FMP
2017 Guangxi Rhinos
2017 Yulon Luxgen Dinos
2018–present Champville SC
Career highlights and awards

Isaiah Charles Austin (born October 25, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for Champville of the Lebanese Basketball League. He played two years of college basketball for Baylor University. He had been considered a first-round prospect in the 2014 NBA draft until he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome.[1] In 2016, he was cleared to continue playing basketball after a two-year stint away from the game due to Marfan syndrome.

High school career[edit]

Austin attended Grace Preparatory Academy in Arlington, Texas. As a senior in 2011–12, he averaged 15 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks per game, earning back-to-back Fort Worth Star-Telegram Super Team Player of the Year honors. Austin participated in the 2012 McDonald's All-American Game, 2012 Adidas Nations and the 2012 Jordan Brand Classic. He was named to the ESPNHS All-American Elite second team and was the nation's no. 3 recruit according to ESPN.[2]

College career[edit]

As a freshman at Baylor in 2012–13, Austin earned third-team All-Big 12 and Big 12 All-Rookie Team honors. On April 4, 2013, he recorded 15 points, nine rebounds, five blocks, four assists and two steals in the NIT championship game in which Baylor defeated Iowa 74–54.[3] In 35 games (all starts), he averaged 13.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.7 blocks in 29.9 minutes per game.[2][4]

In April 2013, Austin declared for the 2013 NBA draft, but later returned to Baylor due to a shoulder injury.[5]

As a sophomore in 2013–14, Austin earned Big 12 All-Defensive Team honors. In 38 games, he averaged 11.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 3.1 blocks in 28.0 minutes per game.[4]

On April 22, 2014, Austin declared for the 2014 NBA draft, forgoing his final two years of college eligibility.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Marfan syndrome diagnosis[edit]

On June 22, 2014, Austin learned that he had been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body's connective tissue. In an emotional interview with ESPN's Holly Rowe, Austin said that he could no longer play basketball at a competitive level since the arteries in his heart were abnormally large, and there was too much risk of his aorta rupturing if he continued to play. In response, NBA commissioner Adam Silver invited Austin to attend the draft as his guest.[7] Shortly after Austin's diagnosis was made public, his agent revealed that Austin had taken out an insurance policy against career-ending disability through a special NCAA program, which was worth at least $1 million. The policy would not have paid out if Austin's career ended due to his eyesight or his shoulder, but was expected to pay out due to his Marfan diagnosis.[8]

On June 26, 2014, between the 15th and 16th picks of the 2014 NBA draft, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made Austin a ceremonial pick, which fulfilled his dream of getting drafted. The crowd gave him a standing ovation as he walked up to the podium. He was offered a job in the NBA by Adam Silver, with the stipulation that he finishes his degree at Baylor University.[9]

Return to basketball[edit]

On November 30, 2016, Austin was medically cleared to play basketball and began considering offers from overseas.[10][11] On January 7, 2017, he signed his first professional contract with Serbian club FMP.[12][13] He made his debut for FMP on January 15, 2017, recording nine points and four rebounds in a 92–85 win over Mornar Bar.[14] In 12 KLS games, he averaged 7.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. He also averaged 9.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in nine Adriatic League games.

In July 2017, Austin joined the Guangxi Rhinos of the Chinese NBL.[15] In 16 games for Guangxi, he averaged 34.6 points, 13.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 4.3 blocks per game.

On November 11, 2017, Austin signed with the Yulon Luxgen Dinos of the Super Basketball League.[16] He appeared in three games for Yulon before leaving the team in mid-December.

On January 20, 2018, Austin signed with Champville of the Lebanese Basketball League.[17]

Philippine national team[edit]

In September 2017, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas began the process of including Austin in their men's national basketball team, to be considered as a naturalized player in the future.[18][19][20] He suited up as an import for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas, the national team competing as a club, at the 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup. They finished the tournament in fifth place, with Austin recording 37 points, 15 rebounds, six assists and six blocks in their final game of the tournament.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

Adriatic League[edit]

Season Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016–17 FMP Adriatic League 9 15.6 .525 .429 .600 3.2 0.4 0.1 1.2 9.1

FIBA Asia Champions Cup[edit]

Season Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017 Chooks-To-Go Pilipinas FIBA Asia Champions Cup 7 32.6 .553 .167 .732 13.0 2.4 0.4 3.1 20.0

Personal life[edit]

Austin is blind in his right eye from a spontaneous retinal detachment that occurred during middle school. He had kept the visual loss a secret, known only to his teammates and close friends until January 17, 2014.[22][23]

On December 16, 2014, Austin was put into 2K Sports' NBA 2K15 as a free agent.[24]

Austin is the nephew of nine-year NBA veteran Isaac Austin.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NBA makes Austin’s dreams come true with gesture at draft
  2. ^ a b "Isaiah Austin Bio". BaylorBears.com. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  3. ^ Pierre Jackson lifts Baylor past Iowa, to first NIT crown
  4. ^ a b Isaiah Austin Stats Archived 2014-06-22 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ King, Jason (April 30, 2013). "Injury sways Baylor's Austin to return". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  6. ^ Baylor's Isaiah Austin declares for NBA draft
  7. ^ "Isaiah Austin has Marfan syndrome". ESPN.com. June 22, 2014. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  8. ^ Rovell, Darren (June 23, 2014). "Isaiah Austin has $1M 'elite' policy". ESPN.com. Retrieved June 24, 2014. 
  9. ^ Fitzgerald, Matt (July 22, 2014). "Isaiah Austin Offered Job with NBA After Health Condition Ended Career". BleacherReport.com. Retrieved July 23, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Former Baylor Big Man Isaiah Austin Cleared to Play Basketball Again". zagsblog.com. November 30, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Exclusive interview with Isaiah Austin – finally cleared to play basketball!". cassyathena.com. November 30, 2016. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Isaiah Austin signs pro contract with Serbia's FMP Belgrade". ESPN.com. January 7, 2017. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Isaiah Austin signs first pro contract with KK Crvena Zvezda affiliate team FMP". Sportando.com. January 8, 2017. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  14. ^ "FMP vs Mornar – Full Statistics". aba-liga.com. January 15, 2017. Retrieved January 16, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Isaiah Austin will play in China with Guangxi Rhinos". Sportando.com. July 9, 2017. Retrieved July 16, 2017. 
  16. ^ "Isaiah Austin inks with Yulon". Sportando.com. November 11, 2017. Retrieved November 11, 2017. 
  17. ^ "Isaiah Austin signs with Champville". Sportando.com. January 20, 2018. Retrieved January 20, 2018. 
  18. ^ Li, Matthew (September 10, 2017). "Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas taps Isaiah Austin as import, eyed as naturalized player candidate". TieBreakerTimes.com. Retrieved September 12, 2017. 
  19. ^ Leongson, Randolph B. (September 10, 2017). "Gilas taps Austin, Akhuetie for Fiba Asia Champions Cup". Inquirer.net. Retrieved September 12, 2017. 
  20. ^ Taningco, Brad (September 11, 2017). "Isaiah Austin being considered to be naturalized to play for Philippines' national team". ClutchPoints.com. Retrieved September 12, 2017. 
  21. ^ Lintag, Paul (September 30, 2017). "Austin's monster game hands 5th place to Chooks-Pilipinas". abs-cbn.com. Retrieved October 2, 2017. 
  22. ^ Zucker, Joseph (January 18, 2014). "Isaiah Austin's Comeback Makes Him One of Most Compelling Players in Country". BleacherReport.com. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  23. ^ "No Excuses". vimeo.com. Retrieved November 30, 2016. 
  24. ^ You can now play as Isaiah Austin in NBA 2K15
  25. ^ Baylor 7-Footer Has NBA Dream Ended by Rare Genetic Condition

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