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Isaiah Austin has job with NBA waiting once he earns degree

isaiah-austin-draft-smallThe NBA Draft is a time guys who have been dribbling a basketball for as long as they can remember realize the dream of hearing their name called by the commissioner as being selected by a team.

In the weeks leading up to the draft, it appeared Baylor’s Isaiah Austin would be among those set to embark on their professional basketball careers. Just days before the big night, Austin was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome. The risk of continuing to play basketball was too great, bringing to an end the 20-year-old’s basketball playing days.

During the draft’s first round, commissioner Adam Silver called Isaiah Austin to the stage to announce he had been selected by the NBA.

Next up for Austin is returning to Baylor University to finish his degree. After that, a job with the NBA awaits, as he told TMZ.

In the meantime, Austin will work with the NBA Cares program.

Obviously, this isn’t the capacity Isaiah Austin envisioned he would be associated with the NBA a few months ago. However, thanks to Adam Silver and the league, Austin will still be able to say he’s part of the NBA family and will have no shortage of support in whichever role he takes on.

Isaiah Austin drafted by NBA in touching tribute after Marfan syndrome diagnosis (Video)

The NBA produced a memorable moment Thursday with a touching tribute to former Baylor center Isaiah Austin.

Austin played two seasons at Baylor before declaring for the draft earlier this year. He was expected to be a second-round pick, but that was until he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome less than a week ago.

Austin decided to retire because there is too much of a risk of his heart rupturing if he continues to play basketball. Because of the diagnosis, he’ll never be able to realize his dream of playing in the NBA. But that didn’t stop commissioner Adam Silver from recognizing Austin and giving him a special moment during the middle of the first round.

Austin received a standing ovation and many positive tweets from the NBA family.

The young man was beaming when he was called up on stage:

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“It’s one of the biggest blessings of my life,” Austin said in an interview with ESPN’s Jay Williams. “I’ve worked so hard to get to this point and unfortunately it was taken away, but when God closes one door, he opens up another for you.

“It’s been the toughest week of my life, but I have a great support system behind me. My family has been with me the whole way. And God is really just putting will power in my heart to help me get through this.”