On Sunday, a Baylor Bears official statement read that Marfan syndrome ends Isaiah Austin’s basketball career. The disease, caused by a rare genetic mutation, prevents the 7-foot-1 center from Arlington, Texas, to play in the NBA.
Head coach of Baylor Bears, Scott Drew stated on Sunday that, despite the diagnosis, that puts an end to Austin’s basketball career, “[he] has the best support system anyone could ask for, and he knows that all of Baylor Nation is behind him”. Drew expresses his hope of the former Baylor’s center coming back Baylor “to complete his degree and serve as a coach in our program.”
20-year-old Isaiah Austin, who, in January, revealed he was blind in the right eye since middle school, had a promising future in basketball. He has been considered a second-round prospect in this year’s NBA draft before having received the diagnosis.
Marfan syndrome is a rare connective tissue disorder that affects the aorta, heart valves and, to an extent, it may affect the lungs, eyes, spinal cord, the skeleton and the hard palate. People with Marfan syndrome are very tall, with long fingers and long limbs.
Marfan syndrome affects males and females both. These days, there are about 5,000 people in the world who have been diagnosed.
At present, Marfan syndrome is incurable, but life expectancy has increased over the past decades, now being similar to an average person’s.