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NBA Draft honors Baylor's Isaiah Austin after career ending disease diagnosis

The lives of young men were forever changed after being selected one at a time in the 2014 NBA Draft.

It's an emotional time for the athletes and their families, but it was especially emotional when Isaiah Austin was selected.

Austin, a center from Baylor, was a projected first-round pick until just days ago he was diagnosed with a disease that would end his professional basketball career before it even started.

The college sophomore was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the body's connective tissue.

Before the Chicago Bulls picked at No. 16, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that Austin was selected by the league

In an interview with NBA TV Austin said, "It's really been a tough week for me. It's really been rough. I've just had a tremendous amount of support from everybody."

"It was one of the greatest moments of my life and something I'll never forget. I love this game of basketball so much. It's really changed my life. To be blessed to have played this game for as long as I did, I'm just thankful. I've really had time to sit down and think a little bit, and God has truly blessed me because he could have continued to let me play basketball. Instead, he saved my life," said Austin.

This is a disorder that Austin apparently was born with, but never knew he had until it was discovered during a physical for the draft.

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