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NBA hopeful, stricken by illness, returns to basketball

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) Former Baylor standout Isaiah Austin has arrived in Serbia after being cleared to play basketball again, 2+ years after he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome during a physical before the NBA draft.

Austin, who played for the Bears from 2012-14, has signed with FMP Belgrade with a view to joining regional champions Red Star Belgrade next year.

The 7-foot-1 player wasn't selected in the 2014 NBA draft after being diagnosed with Marfan syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the connective tissue that holds together the body's cells, organs and tissue.

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The 23-years-old Austin wrote on his Facebook page that ''after 2014 I was told this day would never come, but God is great and has been with me this whole time, so here I am!''