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Isaiah Austin Diagnosed With Marfan Syndrome, Basketball Career Over

Isaiah Austin has been diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, which will end his basketball career just days before the NBA Draft.

"This is devastating news, but Isaiah has the best support system anyone could ask for, and he knows that all of Baylor Nation is behind him," head coach Scott Drew said. "His health is the most important thing, 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."

Marfan syndrome is caused by a genetic mutation that leads to problems in connective tissues throughout the body. One feature of Marfan syndrome is aortic enlargement, which can be life-threatening. According to The Marfan Foundation, about one in 5,000 people have Marfan syndrome.

Austin played two seasons at Baylor before declaring for the 2014 NBA Draft. He played in 73 games (72 starts) and averaged 12.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 28.9 minutes per game.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Isaiah Austin Leaves Baylor For NBA Draft

Isaiah Austin has announced his decision to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Austin returned to Baylor for his sophomore season after a shoulder injury.

Austin is a 7-foot center currently projected to go early in the second round by Draft Express.

Via Josh Friemel/Dallas Morning News

Isaiah Austin Declares For 2014 NBA Draft

Isaiah Austin will enter the 2014 NBA Draft, leaving Baylor after his sophomore season.

Austin averaged 11.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game.

Austin is currently projected as the 38th overall pick by DraftExpress.

Via Tony Jones/Salt Lake Tribune

Iowa State Beats Baylor To Win 2014 Big 12 Tournament

Iowa State defeated Baylor 74-65 to win the 2014 Big 12 Tournament.

DeAndre Kane was named Tournament MVP and was joined on the All-Tournament Team by Andrew Wiggins, Isaiah Austin, Georges Niang and Melvin Ejim.

The championship game featured the fourth seeded Cyclones and seventh seeded Bears.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Ejim, Wiggins, Embiid, Smart Headline Big 12 Awards

Melvin Ejim of Iowa State has been named Big 12 Player of the Year.

Ejim was joined on the All-Big 12 First Team by Marcus Smart, Andrew Wiggins, Juwan Staten and DeAndre Kane.

On the All-Big 12 Second Team are Markel Brown, Joel Embiid, Marcus oster, Buddy Hield and Jonathan Holmes.

Embiid was also named Defensive Player of the Year, while Wiggins received Freshman of the Year honors.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor To Make Joint Visit To Baylor

Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor will travel to Baylor this weekend to get a first-hand look at the campus.

Jones and Okafor, two of the top five players in the class of 2014, have indicated a desire to play together at the college level.

Baylor is one of three schools the pair will visit together. Kansas and Duke are the other two.

Via Jeff Borzello/CBSSports

UK/Baylor, KU/Florida Headline Big 12/SEC Challenge

The matchups for the 2013 Big 12/SEC Challenge have been announced.

The Kentucky/Baylor and Kansas/Florida games are the clear headliners.

Baylor will host Kentucky at AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium).

Via Matt Norlander/CBS Sports

Isaiah Austin Ahead Of Schedule In Recovery From Torn Labrum

Isaiah Austin is ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery for a torn posterior labrum on May 6.

Austin had been considered one of the top candidates for the 2013 NBA Draft before he decided to return to Baylor for his sophomore season.

"It'll probably be another two or three weeks before he's cleared to shoot 3-pointers," Baylor coach Scott Drew told CBSSports.com. "But he's been doing well. When they tell you [four-to-six months], you're always shooting for [four]. And he's still ahead of that schedule. So he's good."

Austin is a probable lottery pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Via Gary Parrish/CBS Sports

Okafor, Jones To Make Visits Together To Baylor, Kansas, Duke

Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones are widely expected to choose the same school.

Both players have included Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State and Ohio State on their lists.

Okafor and Jones will make official visits together to Baylor on Aug. 30, Kansas on Oct. 18 and Duke on Oct. 25. Okafor will visit Kentucky on Sept. 9 and Arizona on Oct. 11 without Jones. Okafor will also make unofficial visits to Illinois, Michigan State and Ohio State.

Okafor would like to make a decision in November, but his father said that is not set in stone.

Duke is rumored to be the frontrunner, which Okafor's father says his unfortunate.

"It's disappointing. It's taking the fun out of the process for the two boys," Okafor's father, Chukwudi Okafor, said by phone. "That's a shame. Let the kids go through the process. I just want them to enjoy it, not the media, not Twitter, not the coaches, not the AAU coaches. Those kids are highly intelligent. They know what to do. Let it play out, and I think the world is in for something special."

Via Scott Powers/ESPN

Calipari, Self, Sean Miller Considered Best Recruiters In College Basketball

John Calipari is unsurprisingly rated as the best head coach in college basketball when it comes to recruiting as he has built a pipeline to the NBA while at Kentucky.

Bill Self of Kansas and Sean Miller of Arizona rank second and third.

Rick Pitino, Billy Donovan, Tom Izzo, Mike Krzyzewski, Steve Lavin, Leonard Hamilton and Scott Drew round out the top-10.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN
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