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NBA drafts player suffering from rare disorder

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NEW YORK (WHDH) - Being called up to the big leagues is a major goal for college basketball players, and not even a career-ending diagnosis just days before the draft would take that away from Isaiah Austin.

“It was one of the greatest moments of my life. Something I’ll never forget,” Austin said.

After a physical required for the draft, Austin learned he had Marfan Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder in which even a simple basketball practice could kill him.

The diagnosis meant his career would be over before it even started.

“With the next pick in the 2014 NBA draft, the NBA selects Isaiah Austin from Baylor University,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said Thursday night.

Austin still heard his name in a ceremonial pick.

“I'm thankful that I’m in this position today. It’s really been a tough week for me, and it's really been rough and I’ve just had a tremendous support from everybody around the world really,” Austin said.

Austin has spent years on the court building his game and mentoring children, some barely half his size.

He now wants to go back to Baylor to finish his degree and then write a book, telling his story of adversity.

He already overcame adversity once, revealing last year he's blind in one eye.

There's plenty of faith he'll beat it again.

"All my strength comes from Him. I know that His healing hands are around me and my family at this tough time of our life but I know that we can get through it,” he said.
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