Isaiah Austin came to Baylor as a 5-star prospect with hopes fo advancing to the NBA quickly. While it still took longer than most would have thought, Austin declared for the NBA draft today on RantSports.com.
Austin came back to Baylor for his Sophomore campaign after sustaining a shoulder injury late in the year. Without the ability to work out for teams, the 7-foot-1 center from Arlington, TX decided to come back and try to improve on an up-and-down Freshman campaign.
While many of his shooting and rebounding numbers did dip in his second year, Austin showed vast improvement on the defensive side of the ball, and with post moves on offense. His blocks per game increased from 1.7 to 3.1, and led the Big 12 in blocks.
Austin made news this year off the court as well, sharing with the world that he had no vision in his right eye after an injury sustained when he was younger. With that secret out there, Austin's game improved and he helped lead the Bears to a Sweet 16 appearance.
With the loss of their starting center, the Bears will have 1 scholarship left to give, and have been involved in several transfer players recently. For more on how the Bears can replace Austin and all things Baylor sports, check back with BearsIllustrated.com