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Isaiah Austin discusses genetic disease diagnosis, moment at NBA Draft

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Former Baylor basketball player Isaiah Austin talked about his diagnosis of Marfan syndrome and his night as a guest of the NBA commissioner at the 2014 Draft. (Source: CNN) Former Baylor basketball player Isaiah Austin talked about his diagnosis of Marfan syndrome and his night as a guest of the NBA commissioner at the 2014 Draft. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - Former Baylor basketball star Isaiah Austin spoke Friday about being a ceremonial NBA pick at the 2014 Draft.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver stopped midway through the first round of Thursday's draft and called Austin onto the stage as he would for any of the other top picks in attendance. Austin was projected as a late first or early second round pick until it was discovered he had Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that prevents him from playing competitive basketball again.

It was discovered after an EKG during pre-draft evaluations. He spoke about getting to fulfill his dream of walking across the stage and shaking hands with the commissioner.

"It was really unbelievable just for (Silver) to even invite me and my family to the draft after everything that happened," he said. "(It) shows how classy of a man he is, and I'm thankful to God for putting us in this situation for him saving my life."

According to a reporter with the Houston Chronicle, the NBA commissioner also promised Austin a job with the league after he finishes his college degree. Austin said his coach at Baylor, Scott Drew, also offered him a job on his staff.

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