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Isaiah Austin says NBA has offered him a job once he finishes degree

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Baylor center Isaiah Austin, right, poses for a photo with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being granted ceremonial first round pick during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. Austin, who was projected to be a first round selection was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome just four days before the draft. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

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It was easily the most touching moment at the NBA Draft: Isaiah Austin, the Baylor center forced out of the NBA draft after being diagnosed with career-ending Marfan Syndrome, was drafted by Adam Silver and the NBA and called up to the stage.

But that is not all the NBA is willing to do for him, Austin told TMZ:

The 20-year-old former college superstar was in D.C. yesterday and told us he’s even more motivated to go back to Baylor University in August to finish up his classes ... after a conversation with NBA Commish Adam Silver.

Austin -- who was ceremonially drafted by the NBA at the Draft back in June -- tells us Silver already hooked him up with a part-time gig with the league’s NBA Cares program ... and promised full-time work once he gets his degree.


That would be a nice gesture by the league, which has handled this situation with complete class.

(Hat tip to the Reddit NBA page)