NBA selects Isaiah Austin in draft

NBA selects Isaiah Austin in draft

Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Jun 26, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Isaiah Austin (Baylor) hugs NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as an honorary draft pick by the NBA during the 2014 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Austin was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome ending his career. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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The Associated Press

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 9:47 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - Between the 15th and 16th picks in Thursday night’s draft came a very special selection by the NBA.

Commissioner Adam Silver announced at that point that the NBA would let Isaiah Austin fulfill the dream of every young player, making him a ceremonial pick.

Just over a week ago, the sophomore center from Baylor was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects the heart. It ended his playing career.

The illness was discovered during a physical for the draft.

The crowd at Barclays Center rose to its feet as Austin, sitting in the waiting area with most of the first-round picks, hugged family members and put on a generic NBA cap. He went up to the stage and posed with Silver, just as all the drafts picks do when they are called.

During the season, the 7-foot-1 Austin revealed he had a prosthetic right eye after multiple operations couldn’t repair a detached retina.

Austin, expected to be a high pick when healthy, said he felt he has “a great story to share.” He said Baylor coach Scott Drew has already offered him a coaching position with the Bears.

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