Isaiah Austin to speak to Clemson Football Team

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Former Baylor basketball star Isaiah Austin was projected to be a possible NBA lottery pick but just days leading up to the 2014 NBA Draft, he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome. Doctors alerted him that it was a career-ending medical condition.

On June 26th, 2014, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made Austin a pick by the NBA and helped fulfill Austin's dream and goal of being selected in the NBA Draft.

Austin has a foundation called 'Dream Again' which is a nonprofit organization that provides support for the awareness and research of Marfan syndrome and those affected by it.

“This game. It is a platform for anyone and everyone who comes in contact with it," Austin said on his foundations' website. "I was blessed enough to play it on one of the highest levels despite the odds that were stacked against me. Blessed is all I can say. Thankful is all I can be. If I could say one thing, it would be please, please do not take the privilege of playing sports or anything for granted.”

According to Wikipedia, Marfan syndrome is a genetic disorder of connective tissue. It has a variable clinical presentation, ranging from mild to severe systemic disease. The most serious manifestations involve defects of the heart valves and aorta, which may lead to early death if not properly managed. The syndrome also may affect the lungs, eyes, dural sac surrounding the spinal cord, the skeleton, and the hard palate. People with Marfan syndrome tend to be unusually tall, with long limbs and long, thin fingers and toes.

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