NBA hopeful Isaiah Austin learns he must quit basketball, praises God despite news
"Never forget, GOD IS GREAT!"
Former Baylor University basketball star Isaiah Austin announced Sunday that he must quit the sport he loves, but offered praise to God despite the disappointing news.
Austin underwent required pre-NBA draft medical testing that discovered that he has Marfan syndrome—a genetic disorder that affects the body's connective tissues. Austin is at increased risk of an aortic rupture and other serious conditions.
Before announcing that he can never play basketball again, Austin took to social media to express that only God knows the plan He has for his life.
"God I put ALL my faith and ALL my trust into you!" he shared on Instagram.
"Jeremiah 29:11: 'For I know the plans I have for you,' declared the Lord. 'Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"
The 7'1" Christian encouraged his followers to tune in to the announcement on ESPN, then tweeted thanks for the outpouring of support he received after the news spread.
"I would love to thank EVERYONE who has reached out to me," he wrote. "Toughest days of my life. But not the last! Life goes on. GOD IS STILL GREAT!
"This game. It is a platform for anyone and everyone who comes in contact with it. 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.
"The love from you all is greatly appreciated! I know God has a plan! If I can say one [thing] to anyone, it would be please, please do not take the privilege of playing sports or anything for granted. #NewBeginnings."
Austin overcame blindness in his right eye to become one of the leading players in the NCAA. His former coach, Scott Drew, offered him support, and a job.
"His health is the most important thing," he said in a statement. "And while it's extremely sad that he won't be able to play in the NBA, our hope is that he'll return to Baylor to complete his degree and serve as a coach in our program."