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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.
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."
Brittney Griner came out publicly as a lesbian in an interview with Sports Illustrated's Maggie Gray.
Griner was the No. 1 overall pick of the WNBA Draft on Monday.
Griner was asked about the differences between men's and women's sports, where the latter has several prominent, openly gay athletes.
"I really couldn't give an answer on why that's so different," said Griner. "Being one that's out, it's just being who you are. Again, like I said, just be who you are. Don't worry about what other people are going to say, because they're always going to say something, but, if you're just true to yourself, let that shine through. Don't hide who you really are."
Griner was asked if the decision to be candid with her sexuality was difficult.
"It really wasn't too difficult, I wouldn't say I was hiding or anything like that. I've always been open about who I am and my sexuality. So, it wasn't hard at all. If I can show that I'm out and I'm fine and everything's OK, then hopefully the younger generation will definitely feel the same way."