Isaiah Austin, the Baylor basketball star whose NBA dreams were cut short when it was discovered that he had a career-ending condition, has a job offer from the NBA.

The NBA has previously ceremoniously drafted Austin, who was slated to be a first round pick, earlier this year. Now, Austin reveals that he has a job offer with the league that he can take as soon as he finishes his undergraduate degree.

From ESPN:

Austin, whose career was cut short when he was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder that affects the heart, has been promised a job by commissioner Adam Silver with the stipulation he complete his undergraduate degree from Baylor, he told

“Right now he’s going to have me do a little stuff with NBA Cares, just off-and-on right now until I get a full job,” Austin told the website, referring to the league’s charity outreach group.

“Adam Silver really wants me to be a part of the organization, and I’m thankful for the opportunity that he’s giving me,” Austin said.

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Austin, who was previously projected by some to be a first-round pick, said he also has goals to be a coach.

He said he was offered a coaching position by Baylor coach Scott Drew. But first he will return to school in August to complete his degree.

This is wonderful news. Kudos to the NBA for recognizing Austin’s talent in more than one way.


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