Honorary NBA Draft Pick and Former Baylor Star, Isaiah Austin, Says Sharing God’s Word Is Greater Than Playing Pro Basketball

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Despite being unable to fulfill his dream of playing basketball in the NBA, former Baylor University star Isaiah Austin says God has blessed him with an opportunity for something greater — sharing His Word.

Isaiah Austin is the author of the new book, Dream Again: A Story of Faith, Courage, and the Tenacity to Overcome. Isaiah has an incredible story. He played basketball at Baylor University and was considered a first-round prospect in the 2014 NBA draft until diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome (a rare genetic disorder) just five days before the draft. This meant he could no longer play basketball at a competitive level because of major heart concerns. During the 2014 draft, Commissioner Adam Silver made Austin a ceremonial pick, which fulfilled his dream of getting drafted. Isaiah recently joined Christian Post contributor Bryce Johnson on the syndicated UNPACKIN’ it radio show to talk about his faith and his inspiring story.

Bryce: What was your life like growing up and how important was basketball to you when you were young?

Isaiah: I was just a young kid with a dream. I grew up in a privileged household. My mom and my dad professed to keep a strong faith in my life and that’s what I grew up knowing. I grew up going to church, studying my Bible, and learning to trust God’s plan for my life. As I was growing up, my parents surrounded me with basketball and let me have the privilege of being able to play, and I started getting good. I wanted my dream to become an NBA player to come true, so I worked day in and day out for it.

Bryce: So you always worked very hard. Even before being diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome you played basketball, despite being blind in your right eye from an injury you sustained in Middle School. How did dealing with the blindness in your right eye affect your faith?

Bryce: What was your life like growing up and how important was basketball to you when you were young?

Isaiah: I was just a young kid with a dream. I grew up in a privileged household. My mom and my dad professed to keep a strong faith in my life and that’s what I grew up knowing. I grew up going to church, studying my Bible, and learning to trust God’s plan for my life. As I was growing up, my parents surrounded me with basketball and let me have the privilege of being able to play, and I started getting good. I wanted my dream to become an NBA player to come true, so I worked day in and day out for it.

Bryce: So you always worked very hard. Even before being diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome you played basketball, despite being blind in your right eye from an injury you sustained in Middle School. How did dealing with the blindness in your right eye affect your faith?

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
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