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Isaiah Austin completed his very successful college career for the Baylor Bears in 2014. He had been considered a first-round prospect until he was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome just days prior to the NBA Draft. On June 26, 2014, between the fifteenth and sixteenth picks of the 2014 Draft, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made Austin a ceremonial pick, which fulfilled his dream of getting drafted. The crowd gave him a standing ovation as he walked up to the podium.
"People talk about how Isaiah "lost his dream," but as his friend I
have learned to see it differently. This is why everyone should
read this book: We all have dreams that are really important to us.
Most of us can relate to how hard it is when things happen and
those dreams slip away. But, very few people I've known understand
what it means or what it requires to really dream again. Isaiah
Austin has a lot to teach us about the toughness, faith, and trust
in God it takes to find new dreams. . . . I truly believe that
Isaiah's faith has placed him right where God needs him the most. I
think my friend's story has the power to inspire you, strengthen
your faith, and help you learn what it means to dream again in your
life."--Robert Griffin III "Heisman Trophy Winner "
"Coaching is a very difficult profession--I am sure that most coaches would agree with me on that. At the same time, I don't think that there is a more rewarding way to spend life than working with young men on a daily basis. Being able to coach Isaiah Austin has truly been a blessing. In fact, I believe that I have learned more from that experience than I was able to teach him--I know that he inspired me beyond measure. Isaiah is a success story! He is the definition of perseverance--a true overcomer and an inspiration to all. Isaiah's story is told beautifully in this book, and anyone reading it will truly be blessed. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to witness some of Isaiah's story firsthand, and because of that I am a better man."--Coach Scott Drew "Baylor University Head Basketball Coach "
"Isaiah is an amazing young man with a very inspiring, and compelling story that is a must read!"--Carmelo Anthony
Isaiah Austin is an inspiration to me and the entire NBA family. Despite losing his sight in one eye at the age of fourteen, Isaiah worked his way to a potential first-round selection in the NBA Draft. When a diagnosis of Marfan Syndrome cut his basketball career short, he devoted himself to raising awareness about the condition and encouraging others to pursue their passion. With this book, Isaiah's story of perseverance will resonate far beyond the world of basketball.--Adam Silver "NBA Commissioner "