About Isaiah Austin
Isaiah Charles Austin is known for his persistence and determination toward playing basketball despite all life has thrown at him.
Isaiah Austin lost his right eyesight during middle school and got diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder just before his dream of being an NBA player was about to come true. Despite all those obstacles, he hasn't given up on the basketball game.
Isaiah Austin played high school basketball and basketball in college as well. His incredible performance in high school basketball and college basketball projected him as a late first-round or an early second-round pick in the NBA draft in 2013. Still, he had to return to Baylor due to his shoulder injury. He was again declared for the NBA draft in 2014, but five days before the draft, he got diagnosed with a career-ending disability on June 21, 2014, which made his dream of playing in the NBA impossible, as playing in the NBA demands intense physical exercise which could potentially lead to the death. Isaiah Austin might have given up on the dream of playing in the NBA but not on the basketball game. Once he got the medical clearance to play basketball, he started playing for basketball clubs overseas. In 2021 he retired from professional basketball and joined the NBA's office.
Isaiah Austin's Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits
What is Isaiah Austin's net worth?
Isaiah Austin's net worth is between $1-5 million.
How much does Isaiah Austin earn per year?
The yearly earnings of the player are not known.
Height, Age & Physical Attributes
How tall is Isaiah Austin?
Isaiah Austin is 7 ft 1 in (216.408 cm) tall, and he weighs about 225 lbs (102 kg).
How old is Isaiah Austin?
Isaiah Austin is 28 years old. He was born on October 25, 1993, in Fresno, California, United States.
Early Life And Education
Isaiah Austin was born in California. Austin completed his high school at Grace Preparatory Academy in Arlington, Texas. Isaiah Austin went to Baylor University for his college from 2012-to 2014. In 2014 he was declared for the NBA draft forgoing his final two years of college eligibility.
Family, Romance, And Relationships
Who is Isaiah Austin's partner?
Alex Fogel is the girlfriend of Isaiah Austin. Isaiah Austin and Alex Fogel are going to get married this July. Isaiah and Alex met in the USA. They have a four-year-old son Zeke who was born in Belgrade, Serbia.
Career And Professional Highlights
Isaiah, with his awesome basketball skills and impressive height, became popular and well known in the basketball world. He got invited to NBA 2014 draft as a guest. During this meeting, Adam Silver (NBA commissioner) surprised everyone by picking Austin. Adam Silver offered Austin a job in NBA after completing his college at Baylor University. In 2016, Austin got cleared medically and was given a green signal to play basketball, so he started thinking of taking offers from overseas to play basketball. Isaiah Austin signed his first professional contract with Serbian Club in 2017. Isaiah played overseas from 2017 to 2021. In 2021 he retired from playing professionally and joined the NBA's front office to spend more time at home and stability in family life.
What is Isaiah Austin doing now?
Isaiah Austin is currently working in NBA's office.
Best Known For…
Isaiah Austin played for Baylor University from 2012-2014, leading his team into NCAA sweet sixteen. He had been famously known for his flashy blocks and 7 ft 1 in height in basketball. He was also projected to be a first-round pick in the draft. After his diagnosis, he boldly made a public declaration of it. His public declaration brought more awareness and attention to the condition. He also wrote a book named 'Dream Again,' where he recounts his visual loss, Marfan diagnosis, and all the difficulties that made him become who he is today.
Isaiah Austin had gone through a difficult time when he was diagnosed just five days away from the NBA draft in 2014. He started Isaiah Austin Foundation in 2014 to support the research and awareness of the disease. The mission of the Isaiah Austin Foundation is to support people to dream again despite their diagnosis. Isaiah's foundation also supports related disorders and other charitable causes. Isaiah Austin interacts with young people who also suffer from the condition. He interacts with them individually throughout the year to give them hope and comfort. Isaiah Austin was named as National Walk Ambassador by Marfan Foundation, a community-based program that raises awareness about the disease and related disorders. Isaiah Austin tried to raise as much money as possible to help with research to find the cure for it one day.
What awards has Isaiah Austin won?
Isaiah Charles Austin has won many awards. Some of them are:
Big 12 All-Defensive Team(2014)
Big 12 All-Rookie Team(2013)
Third-team All-Big 12(2013)
Isaiah Austin's Hobbies And Interests
Isaiah Austin's hobbies include reading, photography, and internet surfing.
Other Interesting Isaiah Austin's Facts And Trivia
- Isaiah Austin is the nephew of nine-year NBA veteran Isaac Austin.
- Isaiah Austin has kept the eyesight loss in the right eye a secret, known only to his teammates until January 17, 2014.
- In 2014 during Isaiah Austin's ceremonial pick at the NBA draft, he got a standing ovation from the crowd while he walked up to the podium.
- Isaiah Austin can never be an NBA player because of the Marfan syndrome.
- There is no cure for Marfan syndrome as of now, but Isaiah Austin took some precautions in maintaining proper heart rate and breathing.
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